State prosecutors go on strike, courts paralyzed

November 16, 2010 09:25

The lawyers in the Justice Ministry’s state prosecution went on strike Tuesday for the first time, saying their wage conditions have deteriorated badly.

The ongoing strike will paralyze all court procedures involving the state and be of unlimited duration.Civil and criminal attorneys will not appear in court, file documents addressed to the court or participate in hearings of statutory committees, including parole hearings and hearings of building and planning committees, the national organization of state prosecutors said in a statement.

“During the past 10 years there has been a dramatic change in the internal organization of the State Attorney’s Office and its manpower and also in the work conditions of the attorneys. The change has serious hurt the work and salaries of the prosecutors vis-à-vis other civil servants, who, until the last 10 years, had been in a similar situation regarding their monthly pay,” the organization wrote.

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