French judge accused of 'harassing' clerks and mocking defendants in court

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A senior judge at Versailles, west of Paris, has been accused of harassing clerks of the court and mocking both defendants and victims in her court, Mediapart has learnt. However, despite a lengthy letter of complaint from the clerks' trade union, the judge's bosses have just given her a warning about her future conduct. Mediapart's legal affairs correspondent Michel Deléan reports.

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Allegations concerning a senior judge at Versailles west of Paris have thrown a spotlight on the often thankless work of clerks and other staff in the French court system. Mediapart has learnt that twelve out of 15 court officials at the criminal division of the high court in Versailles have written a letter of complaint amid claims that they are being psychologically bullied by the court's vice-president.