MALAGA’S courts dealt with 3 per cent more cases in the third quarter of the year.
Courts in the province handled 64,873 matters, almost 3 per cent more than in the same period in 2016. Of this increase, 1,747 cases involved civil matters, according to the Situation of Judicial Bodies report. Cases involving crime decreased by 367 in this period. A Malaga judge has said at least 30 more judges are needed in the city.
Jose Maria Paez, Dean Judge of Malaga, has been re-elected for the third time and has lost no time in setting out what the city’s justice system needs. In an interview with a Spanish newspaper, Paez explained, “the priority project is to increase the number of judges, since we are still very few. Spain has a number of magistrates well below the European average and thus it is impossible to give an answer with a minimum quality in a reasonable time.”
The judge added Malaga’s judicial system also needed more funds, as well as improvements to some courts.
In May, the Malaga Bar Association warned more courts would need to be opened to deal with the influx of floor clause mortgage cases.
Jose Maria Paez,”unless more resources are allocated, it will be very difficult to process this number of demands without incurring big delays.” A second specialist court to deal with these claims is planned for Malaga but no date has yet been announced. Jose Maria Paez believes at least another four may be necessary to deal with the weight of cases.
The group says the use of just one specially-appointed court to deal with these claims as led to significant delays, hindering justice and leaving claimants with years to wait before their case will be heard. The Malaga Bar Association says the plant, which was put in place to expedite these claims, has failed and site the 2,100 cases lodged since June 1 as evidence the court is overburdened. It also warns having one central court in Malaga limits justice to those living in remote areas of the province.
Belen Rincon, a lawyer specialising in bank claims, also explained more claimants than expected were forced to take their cases to court after banks have been reluctant to pay out.