Saturday, November 13, 2010

Justice grinds to a halt

In normal times, bringing a case to court here in Spain can be painfully slow. At the moment though, in the Alicante province, it has ground to a halt.

In olden times courts records were hand written but now they are recorded by video cameras onto DVD and that is where the hold up lies. It seems that they have run out of DVDs.

The contract to supply DVDS had ended and whilst a new contract was being negotiated, the supply has run dry. That does pose a problem because quite rightly prisoners can not be detained longer than is reasonable - they can't be kept in custody just because the courts have run out of DVDs.

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