Cockroach infested and 1,000 pending cases

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A filing room filled with mounting paperwork in one of the courts

By Richard Torné

The courts in Vera and Huércal Overa are on the verge of collapse, with magistrates struggling to cope amid a mounting backlog of cases, damp rooms and cockroach infestations, according to the regional parliament’s justice commission president, Marta Bosquet.

Ms Bosquet, who is also a member of the Ciudadanos (C’s) party, made the comments after visiting the courts on Tuesday (May 30).

She described conditions as “deplorable” and “unacceptable” after noting that there was a backlog of more than 1,000 civil cases in Vera alone (80 per cent more than the courts had been designed to deal with).

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