NEWS

Self-management for judges

Do you think that the institution of self-management in courts has achieved its purpose or is it in need of reform? Every institutional measure that serves the independence of the Greek justice system is positive in my view. I am ready to discuss with the judges their own views and together to review the way the self-management system works and where it might be dysfunctional, always based on the need for the justice system to be truly independent. In any case, the self-management of the courts is included in the proclaimed goals of the New Democracy program, for the judges to elect their own leaders without any interference. How will you deal with the judiciary’s pay claims? I am aware of the difficult conditions in which they carry out their work and how great their responsibility is. It is only natural that they should seek higher pay. In practice, however, only the Economy Minister can answer that question for the State, only he has a complete picture of what the economy can tolerate and only he can formulate a feasible economic policy. However, I note that the New Democracy program for the justice sector provides for real pay for judicial functionaries, in accordance with their vocation, the resolution of many of their financial and institutional problems and the correction of any injustice.