January 18, 2022

Eric Dupond-Moretti announces the launch of a judicial center on March 1

A judicial center for “Serial and unsolved crimes” will be launched on 1is March for “Allow these cases to remain legally alive”, announced, Wednesday January 12, the Minister of Justice, Eric Dupond-Moretti, in an interview with 20 Minutes. No less than 240 cases could be entrusted to the three investigating judges, the first vice-president and two vice-presidents who will integrate this pole dedicated to cold cases.

These magistrates will be “100% detached” to this entity based in Nanterre, within the jurisdiction of the Versailles Court of Appeal, and provided for by “the law strengthening confidence in the judicial institution”, promulgated in December, specifies the minister.

This new pole, long demanded by certain lawyers and families of victims, should allow these cases “To stay alive judicially and to offer an answer to the victims”, ambitions M. Dupond-Moretti. “In the investigation offices, judges exercise for a limited time and are then replaced by colleagues. We thus see in the very long files, the complex files, three or four magistrates which follow one another “, he explains. Gold, “The passing of time is the worst enemy of the elucidation of a case, because sometimes the witnesses will live elsewhere, because the memory fades, for a thousand reasons …”, he adds.

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173 unsolved crimes

“The investigating magistrates will have all the freedom to continue with the initial investigators or to seize a service specializing in unsolved crimes, such as the Diane division (unsolved cases division), in Pontoise. A co-consultation with the initial investigators and the specialized services is also quite possible ”, details the minister.

Regarding the conservation of seals, a sometimes key issue in the non-resolution of cases, Mr. Dupond-Moretti explains that a “Particular attention will be paid both to the conservation of these pieces, but also to their use and their exploitation”.

In detail, France has 173 unsolved crimes for which justice is seized and 68 procedures for serial crimes, according to the Keeper of the Seals.

Among the most publicized, the Grégory Villemin affair, this 4-year-old child found dead in Vologne (Vosges) in 1984, the quadruple murder of Chevaline (Haute-Savoie) in 2012, or the disappearance nineteen ago years of Estelle Mouzin.

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The World with AFP