Lack of magistrate graduates deepens judicial collapse

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108 prosecutors and judges left the judicial system in 2021.

67 were discharged, others dodged going through the entire vetting process and a few reached the age of retirement.

The High Prosecutorial Council did not appoint any magistrate last year, deepening that had been created.

The reason behind that is that there were no graduates at the Albanian School of Magistrates.

The new justice institutions are scrambling to find a way to overcome the consequences by this vacuum in the system.

Advisory boards from both courts and the prosecution admit that the situation is quite challenging.

Estimates from the High Judicial Council say that it could take up to 20 years for a citizen to get the justice they asked for, and that is because of the lack of judges.

Ilir Qafa, the head of the Tirana Bar Association describes some of the hardships met by his clients due to this situation.

According to him, the new judicial map will not resolve the situation either.

315 judges and prosecutors have left the justice system since 2018, the time when the vetting process rolled out.

On the other hand, a total of 62 replacements have been made.

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