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Judicial Security Analysed, Measures Ordered - Thursday, 21. June 2007


It has been determined on the basis of statistical data provided by district courts on the status and level of equipment of the security services in municipal and district courts that it is necessary to organise court security in a total of 150 facilities belonging to judicial authorities.

An analysis showed that of the requisite 731 security staff positions just 450 were filled at the moment, indicating that it was necessary to employ another 281 persons to perform judicial security duties.

The reports on standing and hand-held metal detectors show that just three of the total of 25 district courts have no metal-detector gates. Municipal courts have also indicated that security requirements call for a number of metal-detector gates in their buildings, too; decisions on procuring them will be taken by the presidents of district courts in consultation with professional services. Courts now have a total of 184 hand-held metal detectors, but it is necessary to obtain another 301 such devices.

The report submitted to the Ministry also contain data on firearms, rubber truncheons and other coercive implements, as well as the qualifications of security staff. A total of 348 security staff are trained to use firearms, while 102 have not yet undergone appropriate training. Judicial authorities possess a total of 95 handguns, 86 rubber truncheons and 73 sets of handcuffs, which the courts say is far below requirements. Courts have therefore asked to be provided with another 566 handguns, 606 rubber truncheons and 607 sets of handcuffs.

On the basis of the analysis, the Ministry of Justice has already informed the courts in writing that they should fill vacant security staff positions. This employment and the procurement of necessary equipment will be funded by the Ministry of Justice.