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Balkans |  There is a shortage of 218 judges in North Macedonia

It turned out that there is a shortage of 218 judges in North Macedonia due to the presence of retired judges.

According to TV21’s special news, while 633 judges should be working in courts across the country, that number currently stands at 415.

Salim Adeyemi, head of the Council of Judges, said in his statement on the matter that the number of judges changes daily.

Noting that the lack of judges has caused delays in cases and loss of confidence of citizens in the legal system, Adami noted, “Imagine in Kalkandelin Primary Court, only 8 judges retired in the last stage. There is a shortage of judges in larger courts such as Skopje Criminal Court 1 and Skopje Court 2. Not to mention the appeals, where the cases are more complex and there is a shortage of judges. Of course, we also face delays in cases due to a lack of judges. Citizens do not understand when you ask them and say they have waited too long for their cases to be completed.” He rated it.

In the latest IRI poll, the response rate “I have complete confidence in the judiciary” at 4% and “I trust the judiciary” at 19% show citizens’ lack of confidence in the judiciary.

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