MALAGA’S gender violence courts are overwhelmed with the amount of trials carried out, according to Judge Jose Maria Paez.
There are 1,300 sentences waiting to be enforced. The judge explained that trials were suffering huge delays, except in cases where the examining court gives the judgement.
Malaga’s criminal gender violence courts were created in December 2009 at the request of local judges and it was agreed they would deal with any cases relating to violence against women where the sentence requested was under six years.
It was estimated that there would be 700 trials per court per year, however, each court is currently dealing with 1,200 trials per year, 2,400 in total – 46 a week. This overwhelming amount of work has worried the courts’ judges, and their concerns have been passed on to the Andalucian Supreme Court of Justice, the Justice Ministry and the General Council for Judicial Power.
It is hoped that there will be a third penal court specializing in gender violence by the end of next year.