Not enough judges, not enough time, not enough administrative possibilities for Swedish courts to cope with the rise of criminal cases which now are up by 19%. The political correct explanation behind the increase is that the Swedish Police has received much more resources the past year to investigate severe crimes while the Swedish courts have not.
The Svea Court of Appeal in the Stockholm region alarms that its bunch of unsolved court cases is growing at an incomparable pace and that the court’s burden is becoming increasingly heavy to carry.
“The view that the resources are insufficient is the same at all Swedish courts. For our part, we are given more and more cases but not more resources. We have reached our ceiling of capacity”, says Court of Appeal President Anders Perklev to MSM newspaper Dagens Nyheter.
The same newspaper reports that there has been an increase of court cases with 10 percent between the years 2017 and 2018. This includes all cases at all courts, e.g. asylum cases, tax matters, civil cases and so on. But when it comes to criminal crimes that include violence, e.g. robbery, abuse, rape, the increase is 19% on average, a figure which matches the Svea Court of Appeal’s as well.
“More resources to the Police”
Dagens Nyheter explains the increase in work burden at courts with more resources to the Police, which makes the investigation time shorter. The courts have not however, received more resources to adjudge their sentences.
For long there has been a debate in Sweden about investigation and handling procedures that take too long, criticism against the Police for shortage of crime solving, and too many cases dropped even before they have reached the court rooms.
Now, it seems to be the reverse and it is the Police which is the effective one. Neither Dagens Nyheter nor court president Anders Perklev reflect if an actual increase in criminality might be the true problem. Instead they focus on the increased effectiveness at the Police and prosecutors’ chambers.
“The Police has presented more cases by numbers and more severe ones and this is reflected in the figures, Anders Perklev says.
He demands hundreds of millions added Swedish crowns to solve the escalating solution and explains that there is a shortage of operating justice staff, including judges.
“We cannot afford to hire judges and we cannot afford to replace our vacancies. The court of appeal will therefore have fewer judges on duty than before”, Perklev says.
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