Thursday, May 19

It would be a mistake to reverse the judicial reform

  • Mikkel Lindøe (14)

    Board member, Bærum Unge Høyre

The reform secures larger legal organizations with stronger professional environments, and allows for money and resources for the courts to be utilized better, writes Mikkel Lindøe (14).

The government chooses to ignore countless recommendations against reversal

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In December 2021, just eight months after that judicial reform entered into force, Justice Minister Emilie Enger Mehl (Sp) announced that the government would reverse the reform. The government has now sent out the proposal for reversal hearing.

Ignores input

The government chooses to ignore countless recommendations against reversal, including from unions, municipalities, Child ombudsmant and The Judges’ Association.

The Minister of Justice defended himself in the media that «We can not only listen to the top leaders in the sector».

In 2017, The Judicial Commission created, it should find answers to how the courts should be organized to maintain the highest possible quality and efficiency. The Commission recommended that each court should be responsible for a larger area, by sharply reducing the number of jurisdictions.

The Solberg government presented the judicial reform in the Storting and stayed adopted in 2020. The result was that the number of courts was reduced from 60 to 23.

Provides better use of resources

The reform secures larger legal organizations with stronger professional environments, and allows for better use of money and resources for the courts.

The Center Party has knocked down on this reform. The Center Party claims that the reform centralizes services away from the people, threatens jobs in the districts and that it weakens the local courts.

The Solberg government wanted the reform to strengthen the local courts.

More flexibility

The reform leads to fewer leaders, more judges and gives more flexibility to the individual courts. There are also no services that have been moved away from most people, as the number of courts is the same. No jobs have been lost either. On the other hand, the reform adds up 50 more positions over the whole country.

Do not stop development

Now the government must see that this is not centralization. This is about streamlining. The judicial reform so far seems to be working.

It’s time to listen to the professionals’ cries. A reversal will only weaken the courts and will in turn make it more expensive to run the judiciary than necessary.

Continue development, stop reversing.

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