Prosecutors’ union calls on justice minister to rein in aggressive lawyers
The union representing Greece’s prosecutors called on the justice minister on Wednesday to intervene with legislative measures and discipline defence lawyers who display “unacceptable and professionally abusive” behavior towards court personnel.
The Association of Prosecutors of Greece (EEE) said in a statement that a confrontational method of defense is often implemented not just between litigants and their defenders, as one would expect, but against court personnel as well.
Often, they charged, judges are the recipients of offensive behavior, unacceptable and disrespectful attitudes, and direct or indirect threats.
It also condemned what they called “the effort to create an excessive publicity and wider social support on behalf of a litigant” through the media and direct or indirect revelation of identifying information about the victims, even of those who are underage.
The association said the measures are needed to ensure criminal cases proceed smoothly at courts.