Reform needed to reduce prosecutor workload: NPP

Taipei Times
Date: Sep 03, 2017
By: Abraham Gerber / Staff reporter

Reforms are needed to reduce prosecutors’ workloads and improve efficiency, New Power Party (NPP) Executive Chairman Huang Kuo-chang (黃國昌) said on Friday.

“You cannot expect horses to run without giving them grass to eat,” he said at a legislative hearing on the issue, criticizing what he called the endemic problem of overwork in prosecutors’ offices, particularly for judicial officers.

“They are just as busy at night as during the day, but they still are not eligible for overtime pay, even though the workload is foreseeable,” he said.

Numerous prosecutors testified that their caseloads have progressively increased, even as staff numbers have decreased as open positions remain unfilled.

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