the magistrates begin a 5-day strike

AA / Bamako / Amarana Maiga

The Autonomous Syndicate of the Judiciary (Sam) and the Free Syndicate of the Judiciary (Sylima) of Mali began, on Tuesday, a 5-day strike, renewable, from November 29 to December 5, 2022, throughout the national territory. , we learned from these unions.

The two judicial unions have also called for a boycott of all activities organized by the Supreme Court, including the start of the 2022-2023 judicial year.

Reached by telephone by Anadolu Agency, Bourama Kariba Konaté, secretary general of SAM indicated that trade unionists are demanding “the withdrawal of the law amending the organic law establishing the organization, the operating rules of the Supreme Court and the procedure followed before it, for violation of the law on the status of the judiciary, violation of the independence of the judiciary, violation of the impersonal nature of the law”.

“The law on the status of the judiciary, the re-reading of which has been requested for seven (7) years and the classification of the courts has been requested without success for years”, they explain.

According to him, “on the point considered as a preliminary to the analysis of two others, the governmental party justified the modification proposed by the lack of human resources at the Supreme Court and the need to make the article of the law carrying law organic law fixing the organization, the operating rules of the Supreme Court and the procedure followed before it”.

“The unions have pointed out that the maintenance, in absolute illegality, of a dozen people cannot solve the problem of the lack of human resources at the Supreme Court or in the judiciary in general” informed AA Bourama Kariba Konate.

And to add: “The solution lies in the recruitment of magistrates. Moreover, Mali currently has 513 magistrates, including more than 90 of exceptional grade and 178 magistrates of the 1st grade likely to serve in the Supreme Court, under the terms of the law establishing the organization and operating rules of the Supreme Court and the procedure followed before which also provides for the possibility of using referendum advisers and lawyers who can be recruited from among those of the 2nd grade”.

The same source points out that “the unions’ proposal to settle the question first in the law on the status of the judiciary, which defines the very quality of the magistrate, was rejected out of hand because, with the exception of the section accounts, to be a member of the Supreme Court, one must first and foremost be a magistrate”.

On the ground, the magistrates’ strike provoked reactions from citizens.

Questioned by the Anadolu Agency in Bamako, they denounce this strike movement by magistrates and fear “incalculable” consequences.

Moussa Touré affirms “today here I am I cannot collect a debt by way of justice even if the clerks are there, there is no hearing”, he lamented.

For his part, Habib Sylla regrets that “in general, litigants suffer, they are deprived of legal documents issued by justice, criminal records and others”.


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