‘Fast lane’ justice not working, say judges

A ‘fast lane’ system for handling relatively minor offences which MPs want to see implemented is not proving successful, according to the Raad voor de Rechtspraak which represents judges.

A spokesman for the judges’ organisation on Friday confirmed to ANP news service that a period of three days to prepare the documents required by judges to hear cases is too short.
Rotterdam and The Hague have been trying to speed up judicial procedures over the past few months, the spokesman said.
MPs believe a faster justice system would help to prevent criminals from repeating offences.
The issue was discussed after disturbances during the New Year Eve celebrations this year. MPs and justice minister Ernst Hirsch Ballin want it to be possible for these sorts of offences to come in front of a judge in the evenings and at weekends.
The Raad voor de Rechtspraak calls for a return to the normal two-week deadline for ‘fast justice’ cases.

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