THE JUSTICE department in Elche has been revealed to be the busiest in the Alicante province. Figures recently released show that they are dealing with 241 cases per month and this saturation of work and the resultant backlog has caused severe delays into investigations and consequently has seriously affected the entire judicial process.
An extra eighth court for the area has been announced but no start date has been announced although permission for a seventh court was given in 2010 and this has yet to begin its proceedings.
Members of the Elche Bar Association – from judges, prosecutors, barristers and solicitors – have denounced the virtual collapse in the judicial system throughout the Comunidad Valenciana but particularly in the city of Elche where figures indicate that is the locality with the most work and highest delays.
One of the consequences of the delays is the length of the sentences handed down by judges. When the judicial process has been delayed for reasons beyond the control of the individual on trial, the eventual penalty can be significantly reduced and leaves the complainants and victims of crime feeling that justice hasn’t been served.