DNA joins protests of magistrates

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The staff at the National Anti-Corruption Department (DNA) is joining the magistrates in their protest against the chronic under-financing of the legal system and the unitary public sector pay draft, but without stopping activity yet, reads a release of the DNA on Wednesday, September 2.

‘The DNA staff joined the protests initiated by the magistrates, prosecutors and judges, as well as by the auxiliary specialized personnel, against the chronic under-financing in the field and the unitary public sector pay draft, but without ceasing activity yet,’ reads the release.

The prosecutors with the Department for the Investigation of Organized Crime and Terrorism (DIICOT), the auxiliary specialized personnel, and also the other categories of employees of this institution, announced they were joining the protests initiated by the judges, considering that the new wage policy of the Government is ‘unjust, discriminatory and humiliating’.

According to a release by DIICOT, prosecutors decided that, starting on Wednesday, to adjourn their activity, expect for some urgent cases: taking, keeping and prolonging preventive measures; flagrante delicto; when they are already involved in such abovesaid cases, with their participation being needed in court, as well as requests for provisional measures, needing the authorization of a judge.

The DIICOT is going to have instead the archives and the registration office closed for the public, with the access to the archive to be allowed only for studying preventive measures.

‘Our justification for this decision is that the judicial system is already under-financed, with the human and material resources both being insufficient, with no understanding existing for the complexity of the work of a judge and a prosecutor, with interdictions and incompatibilities stipulated by law to be avoided in this field being ignored, which all have as result the not so good evolution of our specific activities, our independence and impartiality being affected too,’ reads the release.

‘We consider the unitary pay policy promoted by the Government as being unjust, discriminatory and humiliating, compared with the policy reserved for the other two powers of the state, for it deprives the magistrates from certain bonuses corresponding to their position as public dignitaries, which were guaranteed by the in force legislation.

Moreover, we noticed that the magistrates and the auxiliary specialized staff are the single categories among the public servants who, according to the criteria established by the new law, are going to suffer a deep cut in their pay, although the possibility for them to earn money by doing some other activities is incompatible with their position, as the law stipulates,’ the prosecutors said.

Magistrates and the auxiliary staff at the Bucharest-based courts on Monday launched protests against the provisions of the unitary public sector pay draft and the chronic under-financing of the legal system, with their action being followed by other judges and court clerks nationwide. Thus, the judges postponed their current cases, except for such cases related to arrest or underage custody.

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