The Association of Maranhão Magistrates (AMMA) was not impressed by the decision of the new President of the Court of Justice of Maranhão (TJMA), Judge Paulo Felten, To re-establish the normal working hours of the Maranhão Judiciary, as well as service to the public, from Monday to Friday, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., effective May 16, 2022.
In a letter sent to the Head of the Judiciary, requesting a refusal on the basis of an OAB-MA request to approve normal working hours, the representative body of Maranhão judges claimed an increase in electricity expenditures – noting that “an increase in consumption […] Attacks against social and environmental responsibility”-; “dispersal of human resources”; “decreased quality of life for civil servants and judges,” among others.
According to the Confederation of Trade Unions, the change bears no indication that it may lead to increased efficiency or productivity, because according to the association, “the demand for lawyers or parties in the afternoon is very low”.
For the association, the ideal was to keep the schedule from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
In a speech to the Legislative Assembly, Representative Iglesio Moises (PSB) endorsed the measure adopted by Paulo Felten, and strongly criticized the AMMA office.
The first reason is the increase in electricity consumption. It is a lot of misinformation, because the judiciary has increasingly invested in solar energy,” he emphasized.
The parliamentarian commented on the disparity in salaries between judges and other groups that have greater workloads.
“The salary, today, for the judge, for the investigative judge, is R$30,000. I have nothing to say about the salaries of others, but I must say that the nursing technician has a minimum wage to do 12-hour hard shifts, and that doesn’t make them worried about their work environment.
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