Growing Shortage of Judges in Sweden

Swedish Radio news reports that the legal authorities are launching a new campaign to attract more judges to the courts - especially outside of the big cities where there are a growing number of vacancies.

The authorities maintain that greater efforts have to be made to attract more students into law studies - since some of the applications for the legal profession are too few, too weak or non-existent in some towns.

Some of the town courts are filling the empty seats at the bench by calling in retired judges and asking others to work overtime.

The lack of judges in this Nordic nation is explained by the large number of those born in the 1940's reaching retirement age - and newly-examined judges and prosecutors have a wide choice of work in Stockholm, Malmö and Gothenburg instead of in the smaller towns.

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