We like to plan things. Sometimes we like to plan how to plan things. What apparently we don’t enjoy is to do the things we planned. Moreover we like to agree with every revolutionary statement, we have strong principles in theory, we all expect the Change. What we don’t do is to react in practice. We like to set dates, we really really like deadlines. What we don’t do is to deliver. Every day I spend in the justice system is the living proof of the statements above. We are litlle boys that cry wolf… if you remember the story. Lucky for us there are no objective premises that the wolf will come any time soon, because he is already here.
Every day I hear that a revolution is pending in the magistracy, that enough is enough and we need a change. This revolution is a dear concept to all of us, magistrates, and it seems is hard either to leave it behind or to react. Some bet their career on a reaction and it appears it was the wrong bet. One judge went to the University Plaza with a paper board to scream out his/her problem. One prosecutor went on air to give her/his approval to the popular protests. Both of them got a disciplinary action and a dissaproving look from their peers. I don’t like to debate if it is ethical or not, but it seems obvious that crying wolf by yourself is not good enough.
The results of us being absent as an unitary voice is highlighted every week. Post factum we state that we rushed the birth of the New Civil Code, but we were not there to put it on the right track. The Council of Magistracy said ”pretty please” to the president regarding a new debate on the liability law but the third power speaks in a low voice so the law is now approved and ready to use. We made a project to have a decent work load, we put it in practice in some way or another but the Ministry of Justice pet us gently and highlighted that it was a good effort, bad plan and we cannot possibly know what is good for us.