The future of the Sables-d’Olonne court worries lawyers

Me Fillonneau (right) succeeded Me de Baynast in early 2022. ©YB archives / Journal des Sables

Justice professionals face an “unsustainable” dilemma.

Every day the same question arises: “To judge quickly but badly, or to judge well.” »

In a motion adopted on November 21, 2022, the lawyers unite with magistrates to question the effectiveness of the means placed at the service of justice and more specifically at the service of the jurisdiction of Sables-d’Olonne.

President of the Order, Me Nathalie Fillonneau explains:

“Since September, a magistrate has left and not been replaced. Another is due to leave his post in Les Sables soon, and at the start of 2023, two other magistrates are retiring. Out of nine sitting magistrates, only five will remain. And to date, despite the announcement by the Ministry of Justice affirming the creation of 1,500 positions, no replacement announcement for Les Sables-d’Olonne. »

Already, last July, in a letter addressed to the ministry, the order asserted that the Sauvé report on the Estates General of Justice “is devoid of any socio-economic or demographic study of our territories and specifically within the jurisdiction of the judicial courts ( …). The means are, once again, as in 2018, decorrelated from a reality on the ground with which we are confronted daily”.

Towards a single court in La Roche-sur-Yon?

Hence the question: what happens to local justice?

“Inventory management times will increase again, returns will multiply, which has already been observed. And no doubt farewell to the arrival of two juvenile judges, unanimously awaited by magistrates and lawyers”.

The lawyers note that “this lack of clear action on the part of the ministry risks considerably slowing down these hearing times to the greatest detriment of the litigants concerned and contributes to accentuating the crisis of confidence of the citizens with regard to the institution. judiciary”.

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Another cause for concern, still relating to the Sauvé report:

“The proposals made are essentially oriented towards improving the productivity of the courts, in particular a concentration of the management of means and resources, firstly within large judicial regions bringing together several courts of appeal, ours, that of Poitiers would thus be attached to Angers. »

There is also talk of a regrouping in Vendée, which would lead to a single departmental court in La Roche“, notes the former president Me Geoffroy de Baynast.

“A crisis situation” is close, so increased “vigilance” for Me Fillonneau.

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