Haitian judges are coming out of their hinges, a few days after the publication of the budget for the 2019-2020 fiscal year.
Justice Jean Wilmer Morin, president of the National Association of Haitian Magistrates (ANAMAH), announced that his peers have gone on strike to protest against the way the justice system is treated as poor parents in this budget published four months before the end of exercise.
For about two years, the magistrates had submitted specifications to the Minister of Justice. They had repeatedly organized strikes to force the minister to meet their demands. “Each time,” said Morin, “the minister has informed us that our demands cannot be met since there is no budget. We expected that the promises made to us would be taken into account in this budget.”
The judge added that they were surprised to find that what was spent in this budget for the judiciary is “misery”. 1.5 billion gourdes is the amount allocated to the CSPJ and the Court of Cassation, according to the president of ANAMAH.
Morin said he was surprised to hear the Minister of Economy and Finance say on Tuesday “that historically this is how the judiciary has always been treated”. “This means that historically the judiciary has never been important,” said Morin. Continue reading.