Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (EFE) of the Criminal Court of the Superior Court of Justice of the Canary Islands (TSJC) continue on strike.
This is what the Criminal Chamber itself explains in a press release in which it reports on how the indefinite strike called among the group of lawyers of the Administration of Justice has been affected, to which its head lawyer has joined.
A few weeks ago, the alleged murderer of the young Paraguayan woman, her husband Raúl DC, was released after having already served four years in pretrial detention (the legal maximum) without completing the procedure to bring the facts before a jury.
In its note, the Criminal Chamber of the TSJC confirms that the necessary steps to be able to judge the case are pending that it can respond to the appeals presented by the parties against the order of the Las Palmas Court that resolved the previous questions.
The Chamber convened the necessary hearing to hear the opinion of the accusations and the defense regarding the previous issues for January 31, despite the strike of lawyers from the Administration of Justice, because the head of that position had reported that she was going to to take leave for his own business until February 7 and his replacement did not plan to support the labor protest.
However, the Chamber continues, three days before the hearing was to be held, the lawyer for the Administration of Justice, Isabel Morales, warned by a WhatsApp message that, for personal reasons, she was desisting from taking those days off and warned against that, therefore, on January 31 she was going to be on strike (with which legally she could not be replaced, because it is not a case with a prisoner subject to minimum services).
To this was added that the lawyer appointed for the minimum services of that day alerted the court that he was neither going to attend the hearing nor did he assume the commitment to guarantee “the authenticity and integrity” of the recording of that act, “with all the damages” that this could entail for the parties (attesting to the veracity of what is included in the minutes and recordings is one of the powers of the court clerks).
Upon arrival on January 31, the president of the court appointed to resolve the issues, Antonio Doreste, informed the prosecution and defense that the Chamber’s secretary was on strike and that the hearing was not included in the minimum services, but all parties agreed to celebrate it and promised not to challenge it.
The Chamber points out that the hearing was recorded on the official video system, but the following day they learned that one of the accusations could not download the images and that the parties were asking if this was due to a computer problem or the strike.
“Consequently, and as long as the strike of the lawyer of the Administration of Justice of the Chamber persists, the case is paralyzed, preventing the processing by the Provincial Court from continuing” to be able to go to trial, the note concludes. EFE