I wasn’t expected to mention the EuroweeklyNews versus Lenox Napier libel case for a couple of weeks (until the Judge responds), but both have spoken out about the case to me, and EWN asked me to write up a report. (Read the reasons here: Euroweeklynews versus Lenox Napier court case. ) I spoke to Michel E from the EuroWeeklyNews last night, who asked me to say to all of Lenox’s supporters that she deeply, deeply Continue reading Euroweekly versus Lenox Napier trial – the parties speak out!
The Almeria divorce court has finally got around to replying to a request for a divorce lodged back in 2001 by a local couple. The court wrote to the couple asking them if they wished to continue with the process, as so much time had gone past. As it happens, the couple had actually managed to sort things out, and so wrote back to say thanks but no thanks, before sending the letter off to Continue reading Almeria divorce court gets round to hearing divorce 13 YEARS after request was submitted
Does that make sense? I think it makes sense. Anyway, the new Minister for Justice in Griñán’s new Junta de Andalucía is Emilio de Llera , the man who is also the prosecutor general of Seville. Emilio was the man in charge of investigation the ERE pension scandal currently rocking the Junta (where the Junta has been accused of spending hundreds of millions in a slush fund to pay off union leaders, ex-politicians and generally Continue reading New Andalucian Minister for Justice is the same bloke who was in charge of “Corruption in the Junta” investigation…
Remember the good old times when judges across Spain went on holiday for a month during August, causing all the courts to close for six weeks and justice, such as it is in this country, to go to the beaches and get sunburnt? Well, not any more, as our new Justice minister, Snr Gallardon (the lanky chap who used to run Madrid city), has announced he is planning to end the practise of closing the Continue reading Courts to stay open this August!
A true tale from Los Gallardos, which happened a fortnight ago. The names have been changed for my own protection, but all involved are local lads. A certain fellow, nice but dim is how even his own blessed mother would describe him, a keen amateur footballer, got into a bit of rough and tumble on the field at a recent game up at Los Gallardos football field. He accused his opponent team -captained by his Continue reading Spanish justice at work?
Luis Pizarro – no, not the Incan conqueror, the Andalucian Minister of Justice- was in town recently for a ganders at the new county courts, a vast 30,000 m2 building that has been completed on the Ronda in Almería. The Cuidad de Justicia, on which work has now been completed, still has no date for the opening, and Luis refused to be drawn on a date. This follows on, and partly prompted, the whinging from Continue reading Still no date for opening of new county courts
A cautionary tale now from Huércal de Almería, where local lady María del Carmen G. has just received a court decision ruling on a compensation claim from a fall in (wait for it) 2005. It seems María was crossing on a zebra crossing one fateful day when a car screeched round the corner and raced down the road at her. Rather than stand there and be run over by the louts, she legged it across Continue reading “Don’t run on broken surfaces” says Judge
While continuing my studies in advanced Spanish Law (needs must where the Devil drives) I came across the usual salutation used in a recurso alzada or other exportation to a higher Authority (with a capital A): Por ser de Justicia que pido en Almería para Sevilla Lit: So that Justice may be served in Almería by Seville. I like that phrase. I must remember to use it more often in conversation.
I was reading an interview with Francisco (fondly known as “Paco”) Torres, the province’s most famous defense lawyer (currently defending Mr Enciso on charges of stealing 150 million euros). He was talking about his cases, and I quote: “On Monday I may defend a person accused of stealing eight tins of tuna from Pryca and people are surprised[..]”* Pryca was rebranded… what, 10, 11 years ago? I assume the case of the eight tins of Continue reading How fast is Spanish justice?
A judge in Jaén has been suspended for a year after trying to close down a shop in a personal vendetta. After using half a bottle of perfume she decided she didn’t like the smell and tried to get her money back. When the owner- naturally – refused to return a half empty bottle of perfume to the shelves she produced her ID and threatened to close his shop. Despite getting her money back she Continue reading Bad judge