The lawyers' strike causes crashes in Madrid of male violence
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The lawyers' strike causes crashes in Madrid of male violence

Justice : IL : USA | Aug 05, 2011 at 12:19 AM PDT
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The long battle to keep the roll of legal counsel of the Government of Madrid, Esperanza Aguirre for non-payment of fees has been tightened in August. And that is undermining the fight against gender violence by preventing some courts may take action against offenders restraining the refusal of the Bar of Alcalá de Henares to appoint public defenders for the accused. The alarm has triggered violence in the courts of four populations macho belt Madrid and Alcalá de Henares, Torrejón de Ardoz, Coslada Arganda del Rey and, since last Monday have been forced to block or slow down the processing of causes of this type.The situation has reached the point that the Court of Violence in Torrejón de Ardoz (100.0000 more people) on Wednesday sent a very hard job to the College of Alcala asking for explanations of why they are ignoring their requests to appoint public defenders to men reported by their wives, according to sources from the prosecution of that area.In these four courts, only in so far this year have received the order of 1,600 complaints of battered women and have given some precautionary measures in 70% of the cases, begins to spread indignation: "You can not impose a restraining order without interrogating the accused before and we can not interrogate the accused if it is not assisted by counsel, "describe the above sources, zajan:" And the practice indicates that 90% of the accused have to put them counsel because they are people without resources. The war between the attorneys on duty throughout the region, including the capital, and the Ministry of Justice, Government of Aguirre is not new. Broke last May, when representatives of the two existing schools in the region of Madrid and Alcalá, agreed that only lawyers assigned to the grave and urgent cause, ie, the gender-based violence and those others which is arrested. The reason for the protests is that the Department owed the assistance provided since January this year, two quarters. According to those means, the court went unanswered yesterday the College.The problem on duty with the Government of Aguirre does not only affect these populations, extends throughout the region. For now, the Bar Association of Madrid, with 4,500 lawyers registered in the Legal Aid if you are taking related to gender violence and causes serious or detained, but not many others in which the lawyer involved require trade. For example, issues related to road safety. Many of these causes are likely to be tried through speedy trials. No official figures, but the decision not to award attorneys arrested drunk drivers are also not to hinder, if not delayed, many views.A spokesman for the Ministry of Justice said Wednesday that Madrid is not aware of complaints from users or tried in this and remember the covenant of the lawyers with the Department was that the strike did not affect gender-based violence.

Shaziakhan is based in Kahror Pakka, Punjab, Pakistan, and is a Reporter on Allvoices.
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