Vivien Whyte had the honour and the pleasure of representing our organization again at the annual congress of EUR Member Organisation Colegio Nacional de Letrados de la Administracion de Justicia, that met this year in Madrid in the presence of the national, regional and local judicial and policital authorities, as well as over three hundred colleagues.
During the closing session chaired by Mr. Juan José González Rivas, President of the Constitutional Court, Vivien Whyte congratulated the Colegio on its 75th anniversary and assured them of the support of the Court Clerks and Rechtspfleger of all the countries represented within the EUR in its fair and necessary fight for a remuneration equivalent to that of the other superior legal professions and which is up to their very important responsibilities.
Vivien Whyte participated to the Congress of Portuguese Member Organisation Sindicato dos Funcionários Judiciais (SFJ) on 4 and 5 April 2019 with the Secretary of State for Justice, the Mayor of the City and of representatives from the President and Prosecutor General of the Supreme Court. Many court officials attended the event, as well as several other professional organisations.
In his speech during the opening ceremony, the President of the EUR talked about the social movement carried on by Portuguese colleagues for several months to demand a better statute, decent retirement, better careers and promotions. He renewed the support from European court clerks and Rechtspfleger in this just and necessary fight. He stressed that court clerks, keepers of the form, are also keepers of liberty and that political decision makers had to recognize their essential role in the functioning of judicial systems.
On 20 June, Vivien Whyte attended the opening ceremony of the Congress of the Austrian Member Organisation GÖD in Graz.
The ceremony was held in the presence of the Secretary General of the Federal Ministry of Constitutional Affairs, Reform, Deregulation and Justice, the Presidents from the four Austrian courts of appeal and representatives from federal, regional and local authorities. Austria has 700 Rechtspfleger and about 500 of them were present at the Congress.
President Whyte was very pleased to meet with so many colleagues. He reminded the audience that the Austrian Rechtspfleger participated to the creation of the European Union of Rechtspfleger in 1967 and, more than fifty years later, are still one of its driving forces.
The Austrian Rechtspfleger have contributed to the Rechtspfleger for Europe model that the EUR is promoting. They have become an irreplaceable piece of the Austrian judicial system and should be recognized as such.
As part of the opening session, MMag. Monika Stempkowski from the University of Vienna also gave a very interesting presentation on « error and lie – stumbling blocks on the way to truthfulness ».
Vivien Whyte wishes to thank the GÖD for their warm welcome and generous hospitality.
Please find attached the registration form and the provisional program of our next Extraordinary Congress to be held in Tangier, Morocco, from 27 September to 1 October 2017.
I am looking forward to seeing you there.