UHM is­sues more widerang­ing di­rec­tives to law court em­ploy­ees

Malta Independent - - NEWS - Kevin Schem­bri Or­land

A num­ber of ad­di­tional di­rec­tives is­sued by UHM – Voice of the Work­ers to law court work­ers came into ef­fect yes­ter­day, fol­low­ing fail­ure to reach agree­ment with the court ad­min­is­tra­tion.

The di­rec­tives are mainly aimed at deputy reg­is­trars, since their sec­toral agree­ment has been in dis­cus­sion for two years and no new agree­ment has yet been signed.

In ad­di­tion, calls for ap­pli­ca­tions for clerks and reg­is­trars were is­sued, how­ever only those with diplo­mas are el­i­gi­ble to ap­ply.

In ad­di­tion to this, whereas nor­mally such ap­pli­ca­tions are is­sued un­der scale 10 of the civil ser­vant pay-scale, it has now been is­sued un­der scale 11.

“Af­ter two years of dis­cus­sions, work­ers are still left with­out an agree­ment and are wait­ing for an un­der­stand­ing to be reached,” UHM Em­ploy­ment Re­la­tions and Se­nior Man­ager Ed­win Balzan told The Malta In­de­pen­dent.

Through the new di­rec­tives, deputy reg­is­trars work­ing in the courts as well as the civil and crim­i­nal tri­bunals: will not en­ter fines will into the Le­cam sys­tem and will not process them; will not sign the list of cases for the day; will not post the sit­ting list on any no­tice board and will not dis­trib­ute the list to lawyers present dur­ing sit­tings; will not sign true copies of pro­ce­dure doc­u­ments.

In ad­di­tion, no re­place­ments for deputy reg­is­trars ab­sent, nei­ther in the Registry nor in court will oc­cur.

Deputy reg­is­trars work­ing in the su­pe­rior crim­i­nal and civil court registry, as well as those in the fam­ily court registry, will not is­sue oaths and will not sign for true copies of doc­u­ments.

The di­rec­tive also af­fects cler­i­cal staff, who will not an­swer phone calls, emails or mo­bile phones, wont file doc­u­ments, want scan Gozo court cases, won’t take part in the sale of photo copy cards.

UHM is seek­ing to ad­dress the afore­men­tioned prob­lems through the di­rec­tives.

Af­ter two years of dis­cus­sions, work­ers are still left with­out an agree­ment.

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