“We see more threatening situations, hotheaded behavior and more weapons in circulation,” Ylva Norling Jönsson, the chief judge Helsingborg district court in southern Sweden told Swedish Radio.
“We have had threats against staff and witnesses. And we’ve had a bomb threat.”
Until recently a specific threat was required before courts could search people entering courtrooms in Sweden. But from July 1 this year a theoretical threat will be enough, such as a conflict between criminal gangs in a locality.
“If we’re going to have a functioning legal system then everyone coming to court needs to feel safe and sound in our premises,” said Ylva Norling Jönsson.