unprecedented mobilization in Nancy of police officers, magistrates and lawyers

The officials of the judicial police opposed to the project of reform of the judicial police gathered in front of the court of Nancy (Meurthe-et-Moselle). A movement with the support of magistrates and lawyers. The objective is to convince the Minister of the Interior Gérald Darmanin to abandon his project.

About fifty people gathered on Monday, October 17, 2022 in front of the Court of Nancy.

Judicial police (PJ) investigators from Nancy (Meurthe-et-Moselle) demonstrate to try, with the support of magistrates and lawyers, to convince Gérald Darmanin to abandon his project. “We are not on a simple administrative reorganization of the service. We are on a change with major issues which are those of the efficiency of the judicial police, the secrecy of investigations, the role of the judicial authority and its decisive role, Explain Eric Bocciarelli of the magistrates’ union in Nancy, in charge of the functions of judge of freedoms and detention. He adds : “Be careful, those who fight daily against organized crime need this specificity, they need means”.

This is a protest movement against the judicial police reform project carried out by the Minister of the Interior, Gérald Darmanin. This controversial reform proposes to place all police services at the level of a department. With the eInvestigators, lawyers and magistrates came to express their fears. “We do not want this reform because quite simply, it is departmentalized. We are an independent sector and we work with the magistrates. We are the arms of justice. We carry out daily investigations with the magistrates and these are files very sensitive ones dealing with organized crime”, explains Stephane M. of the National Association of Judicial Police.

It’s about a total overhaul of the police services in France. It is mainly based on the creation of departmental directorates of the national police, under the authority of the prefect.

Attention, those who fight daily against organized crime need this specificity, they need means.

Eric Bocciarelli, Syndicate of the judiciary in Nancy

On his side, François Pérain, public prosecutor of Nancy, explains that according to him “the prosecutors are concerned about the effects of this reform, which aims to merge investigation services under the sole authority of public prosecutors and investigating judges with regard to the investigations entrusted to them, in public security placed primarily under administrative authority.

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