Tuesday, May 17

Justice. “Cold cases”: the judicial pole will see the light of day next March in Nanterre

A judicial center dedicated “to serial and unsolved crimes” will be launched on March 1 in Nanterre to “allow these cases to remain judicially alive”, announced Wednesday the Minister of Justice Eric Dupond-Moretti in an interview at 20 minutes.

No less than 240 cases in progress could be entrusted to the three investigating judges, the first vice-president and two vice-presidents who will integrate this pole devoted to “cold cases” with a magistrate of the public prosecutor’s office. These magistrates will be “100% seconded” to this entity based in Nanterre, within the jurisdiction of the Versailles Court of Appeal, and provided for by “the law strengthening confidence in the judicial institution”, promulgated in December, specifies the Minister.

“Then, a dialogue will begin with the direction of the judicial services and adjustments will be possible according to the rise in power of the pole”, specifies Eric Dupond-Moretti.

68 ongoing serial crimes proceedings

In detail, France has 173 unsolved crimes for which justice is seized and 68 procedures for serial crimes, according to the Minister of Justice. the Grégory Villemin affair, this boy found dead in Vologne (Vosges) in 1984, the quadruple murder of Chevaline (Haute-Savoie) in 2012 or even the disappearance of Estelle Mouzin nineteen years ago, a case in which eight magistrates succeeded .

The new pole must allow these files “to remain judicially alive and to offer an answer to the victims”, indicates the minister. “In the investigation offices, judges exercise for a limited time and are then replaced by colleagues. We thus see in the very long files, the complex files, three or four magistrates which follow one another ”, he explains. However, “the passing of time is the worst enemy of the elucidation of a case, because sometimes the witnesses will live elsewhere, because the memory fades, for a thousand reasons”, adds the Keeper of the Seals.

The question of the conservation of seals

“The investigating magistrates will have all the freedom to continue with the initial investigators or to seize a service specializing in unsolved crimes, such as the Diane division in Pontoise. A cosaisine with the initial investigators and the specialized services is also quite possible ”, he explains.

Concerning the conservation of seals, a sometimes key issue in the non-resolution of certain cases, the Minister indicates that “very particular attention will be paid both to the conservation of these parts but also to their use and their exploitation”.


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