The court of Mâcon recently received four Mauritanian prosecutors and clerks – who followed the French language trainings delivered to the judicial staff by the Nouakchott and Nouadhibou French Alliances since 2018 as part of the Project to Support Democracy and Social Cohesion driven by JCI – in the framework of a two weeks study visit in France from the 15 to the 28 of September 2019. They discovered the French judicial system and culture under the leadership of the principal long-term expert of the project, Mrs. LUCAS.
The heads of jurisdiction, the head of Registry, judges, prosecutors and the members of the court staff warmly welcome them. They proposed a detailed and tailor-made programme enabling them to get acquainted with the jurisdiction and its partner institutions.
The visitors were divided in two sub-groups for a better approach of the services. On the one hand, the prosecutors attended a real-time permanence, a hearing of the Prosecutor’s delegate and a presentation of the Investigation and the Sentences Enforcement Offices. On the other hand, the two clerks went to the civil Registry, to the individual welcoming service and to the legal aid office. They also attended an interlocutory hearing.
Common times were scheduled for the visitors to discover the juvenile court, visit the experimental penitentiary centre of Varennes-Le-Grand and the Insertion and Probation Penitentiary Service of Saône et Loire. They met the President of the Mediation and Penal Infractions’ Victims Association of Saône et Loire at the Law and Justice House and the Mâcon’s Bar Association Dean.
Before a second week in Paris dedicated to prestigious jurisdictions and judiciary institutions such as the State Council, the Appeal Court, the High Judicial Council, the high court and the commercial court, this week in Mâcon was particularly instructive for the delegation. The size of the jurisdiction – voluntarily chosen to this end – was in accordance with the Mauritanian judicial reality. Furthermore, the location of the jurisdiction opened the discussion between the visitors and the receiving judges and prosecutors on the organisation and the deconcentration of justice.
In that respect, the delegation could identify improvement avenues for the Mauritanian justice in the mission report forwarded to its Ministry of Justice.
On JCI’s side, the excellent progress of the visit opened a reflection to be conducted with the voluntary jurisdictions to welcome such visits and about the interest to establish a partnership between the latter and JCI. The jurisdictions could therefore be more associated upstream to the preparation of the activity and afterward, participate to other sequences and follow the development and results of the corresponding project.