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Governmental interference in the judicial process

The authorities do not intervene with the judge who is judging. The problem in the area of judicial independence is one of the status of judges, the organization of their career, and the membership of the « Conseil supérieur de la Magistrature » (High Council of Judges).

However, the authorities decide whether or not to bring a case. Their weight is enormous due to their ability to withold matters at the source. In this regard the authorities make choices as to general positions concerning the application of the law and they make choices in individual cases. Once the judicial System is put in motion, the authorities can modify the action, slow it, or speed it up. They can indicate their indifference, or on the contrary, by certain signals, show their interest in the matter or show their preferences.

In reality interference by the authorities depends on the quality and the power of its prosecutors, on their legitimate influence on the courts, rather than on secret pressure or interference.


Référence électonique : François SARDA, "Governmental interference in the judicial process", Pouvoirs, revue française d’études constitutionnelles et politiques, n°16, 16 - La justice, p.69-78 . Consulté le 2021-03-09 11:41:50 . URL : https://revue-pouvoirs.fr/Governmental-interference-in-the.html