Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Judicial reform in France

The Sarkozy government is planning to reform the judiciary in France, eliminating many of the investigative powers of magistrate judges and giving more power to prosecutors.  The AP reports on the proposed changes here, however, the article does not make explicit that these reforms are limited to judges in criminal cases.  Nonetheless, this change would mark a significant change in the role that judges play in one of the world's archetypal civil law systems.

For those of you brave enough to read about the reports en français, Le Monde reports here about the most recent developments.  For an earlier and more pointed commentary (also in French), there is this post in L'Express suggesting that Sarkozy is a latter day Napoleon (in the code sense).


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