The concern is growing among Limousin lawyers. The Department of Justice would have pulled a report from the Court of Auditors from 2019 out of the drawers, advocating a judicial reorganization in New Aquitaine, where the Limoges Court of Appeal would lose its full exercise. Lawyers shouting.
” Unacceptable “, Was the word of indignation on everyone’s lips this Tuesday night on the occasion of this public meeting at the Union Theater. At the invitation of lawyers from the three branches of the former Limousin, elected and legislative candidates, ordinary citizens, business leaders and ordinary plaintiffs came to talk about the theme of injustice and the violation of justice. And the rumor of a possible closure of the Limoges Court of Appeal crystallized all the anger. The lawyers condemned the judge’s remote location and the restriction of access to the citizen’s right.
Seals Keeper Eric Dupont-Moretti denies any closure. But that’s another story circulating in Limousin’s legal world. United, the lawyers from the four bars in Limoges, Tulle, Brive and Guéret organized a public meeting to raise awareness among citizens, elected officials, legislators, business leaders … about the importance of local justice by means and condemn the opposite of any project , which would further distance the plaintiff from its judge.
” There is no concern, if one reads the Court’s report, it does not specifically state that it is necessary to delete the courts. He talks about strengthening support functions, which has absolutely nothing to do with it. I repeat this to the judges, to the lawyers and especially to the trials that hear us. Me, I did, within the framework of what was called the Justice of the Neighborhood, all the opposite. I set up mobile hearings, I reopened courts that were closed so plaintiffs have access to the courts without traveling ninety miles on sometimes winding and difficult roads. I opened 2,000 points of justice where the first advice is given for free and confidential, it is not to remove jurisdictions that everyone is reassured “.
On the contrary, far from reassured, the chairmen of legal aid in the three divisions this Tuesday relied on their national representatives, the chairman of the National Bar Council and the chairman of the Bar Association invited during a tour of France condemning injustices, especially territorial ones. If the Limoges Court of Appeal were to lose its autonomy to become dependent on Bordeaux, by gradually emptying it of its jurisdictional and administrative powers, in the long run there would be fears of further distancing itself from access to the law. A case adjudicated in Limoges, Guéret, Tulle or Brive could thus be appealed to Bordeaux with the additional costs or the desire to withdraw which this would entail. This is the whole reality of the territories today.
” We do not want to make Creuse a judicial desert after the medical desertengages Philippe Lefaure, chairman of the bar Guéret. For if we remove the right of appeal, we can also fear the removal of the courts and local justice. We are told about local justice, simplification justice, but we realize that on the contrary, everything has become very complicated. Today, we dematerialize, we keep the parties away from these places of justice. For us, this is completely unacceptable. “.
The lawyers thus position themselves as whistleblowers, still traumatized by the reform of Rachida Dati in 2010, in which the district courts (everyday court) of Rochechouart, St-Yrieix-la-Perche, Bellac, Ussel and a tribunal de grande were closed. for example, Tulle, before the latter reopened and was inaugurated again by Christiane Taubira in September 2014.
The exchanges went on to talk about the weight of justice, what it represents in everyone’s daily lives, the security that was given also in commercial relations, far from any dematerialization.
In the room, Richard Doudet, lawyer at Limoges bar, insists: “CWhat the plaintiffs want is to listen and pay attention. They no longer want to see anyone behind a screen for an internet consultation. They no longer want to see anyone treating them in thirty seconds, in five minutes to 60 euros in 10 minutes. They do not want that “.
A recent survey by the National Bar Council reveals that 37% of French people surveyed say it is difficult to assert their rights, they are 39% in New Aquitaine.
The President of the Conseil national des barreaux, Jérôme Gavaudan, also a member of the General Estates of Justice, launched on 18 October 2021, completed in April 2022, and whose publication of the report is awaited, adds that ” Ithe feeling of injustice is growing among our fellow citizens. Injustices affect many spheres of our society, including Republican institutions that aim to reduce them: In addition, justice for 44% of French people is the first sphere of injustice; which pertains to us as lawyers. »
The President of the Creuse Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Philippe Daly, also emphasized the importance of legal certainty in commercial transactions and the extent to which it affects economic competitiveness, adding that the weight of legal activities was 1.6%. of France’s GDP.
As a reminder, the bar in Limoges provides 3,000 free consultations a year and offers 24/24 hotlines for police detention, meetings for the custodial judge and deprivation of liberty, forced admissions, immediate action of adults and minors … In this case, it is clear access to that law that is at stake.