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"Confidence" in justice: MEPs provide new guarantees

2021-05-08T00:49:05.858Z

Filmed hearings, supervision of preliminary investigations, professional secrecy of lawyers: the deputies brought in committee a series of ...



Filmed hearings, supervision of preliminary investigations, professional secrecy of lawyers: the deputies brought in committee a series of additional guarantees to these main measures of the bill for the "

confidence

" in the justice carried by Eric Dupond-Moretti.

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This bill, accompanied by an organic component, will be on the menu of the National Assembly thus amended from May 17. Tried to take the head of the LREM list for the regional elections in Hauts-de-France, the Minister of Justice has followed the examination of the text in the Law Committee from Wednesday until Thursday at the end of it. afternoon. This bill is "

the fruit of a long reflection which I carried out in the light of my 36 years of bar, but also in the light of your numerous debates

", had launched in opening the former lawyer to the deputies. Among its flagship measures, appears "

the sound or audiovisual recording

" of hearings with a view to their broadcasting, "

for a reason of public interest.

»Once the case has been finally judged.

The presiding judge may stop or suspend the recording for any reason, by virtue of a UDI amendment.

15,000 euros fine for non-compliance with the broadcasting conditions

LREM deputies have planned to accompany the dissemination of "

educational explanations

". They have strengthened the protection of protected minors and adults, by obtaining their consent or that of their legal representatives. The bill already provided that no element of their identification could be disseminated. The deputies also widened the possibilities of retraction of the consent, and envisaged a sentence of one year of imprisonment and 15,000 euros of fine in the event of non-compliance with the conditions of diffusion. On another key measure of the bill, the duration limited to two years for preliminary inquiries, the LR deputies voted for the principle that the prosecutor will have to justify his decision in the event of an extension beyond that. Regarding the professional secrecy of lawyers, MEPs have further strengthened it, by providing that this secrecy also covers advisory and defense activities,and correspondence between a lawyer and his client, following proposals from the National Bar Council. They also introduced a condition of proportionality in the event of breach of professional secrecy, during a search for example.

The majority also increased the penalties in the event of the illicit distribution of documents or acts of an investigative procedure, to 3 years in prison and a fine of 45,000 euros. Finally, the rapporteur Stéphane Mazars (LREM) introduced a relaxation in the use of instruction centers, sometimes geographically distant.

Source: lefigaro

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