The President of the Supreme Court of Finland Pauliine Koskelo is concerned about the dependence of courts on politically-mandated Justice Ministry funding.
Koskelo's concerns spring from the fact that the Justice Ministry decides on the distribution of funding for courts and even for large individual cases. Some large, complex cases require more resources, such as extra judges, and this structural dependency may affect the outcome.
In an interview with Yle, Koskelo stated that at present, the Justice Ministry is not distributing these limited resources rationally. Some courts, she said, are backlogged with cases.
"There is a source of danger, if the powers of the government have the opportunity to influence what court gets more and what court gets fewer resources," said Koskelo.
As a solution, the President of the Supreme Court is proposing the establishment of a separate judicial authority that would independently distribute the available resources.
The same idea was put forward by a Justice Ministry task force just less than two weeks ago. Critics say that such a new authority would create costs without providing benefits.
- Sources: Yle