Housing crisis at the cité judiciaire

By Camille FratiLex KlerenMisch Pautsch Switch to French for original article

Cramped for space on the Saint-Esprit plateau, the cité judiciaire is preparing to relocate some of its services. A necessary evil pending delicate political decisions.

Recently, the Lëtzebuerger Journal reported on the dissatisfaction expressed by 90 family lawyers with the forthcoming move of family court judges to the rue de Bonnevoie. According to them, the move poses problems of safety and accessibility, as well as organising the justice system, since lawyers will have to run between Bonnevoie for family law hearings (divorce, child residence, maintenance, etc.) and the Cité Judiciaire, where hearings are held for all other courts.

This is a strong reaction to the housing crisis that the cité judiciaire has been facing for several years, just like the one that is paralysing the whole country. "I don't have a single office left to put someone in, " says Martine Solovieff, the State Prosecutor. The ideal of a judicial precinct bringing together the various courts and judicial administration departments is being crushed by the reality of the country's real estate situation, especially in the Ville-Haute.

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