Gelsenkirchen: “We need more respect in court”

The president of the Social Court of Gelsenkirchen is retiring. Lately, she has been lacking in respect in the courtroom more and more.

She helped shape the shift in social justice and confronted citizens’ concerns on a daily basis. Silvia Fleck was president of the Social Court of Gelsenkirchen for 17 years. The 65-year-old has retired. She could stay and continue administering justice. “But if the team spirit is right, the spirit will live on and you can rely on all your colleagues,” says the avid lawyer, “it’s time to call it a day.”

The social reform caused a lot of confusion in the court

You have mixed feelings, says Silvia Fleck. On the one hand, letting go hurts, on the other hand, the court is very well positioned and prepared for new challenges. Paper files will gradually disappear in cupboards and be replaced by electronic correspondence. One consequence of technical entry into the judiciary is the intensification of the negotiations that those involved in the trial experience as video sessions. The benefits are obvious: less paper consumption and faster litigation. [Zum Thema: Jeder Dritte klagt wegen Grundsicherung]

The arrogance and insolent tone are growing – the social gap is growing

The work of Judge Silvia Fleck coincided with a period of social reform, when the introduction of Hartz IV caused a lot of political unrest. In negotiations, she often had to experience how unclear the interpretation of the law was and how often the courts were the first to provide clarity in their decisions. Disputes are not always pending in court.

“We have to demand more respect in court,” says the 65-year-old. It starts with the right clothes and ends with the tone of a conversation. Here and there she noticed that arrogance and audacity had also become an expression of social development. The areas of law in which social judgments operate has also shown that the social gap in society has widened. Silvia Fleck is concerned that it will continue to develop and that the procedures will increase. “Many people are no longer able to cope with the money available to them.” [Lesen Sie auch: Versuche an Gelsenkirchener: Tote Kinder waren gute Kinder]

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The language of the employment agency is often difficult for legal laymen to understand

There has been a flood of lawsuits in the area of ​​health insurance. The court experience shows that disputes over settlements between hospitals and health insurance companies have intensified significantly. The presidents of the chambers try to settle the dispute and establish legal peace by means of settlement proposals. It doesn’t always work. According to Silvia Fleck, it is somewhat easier to decide when there are discrepancies between the complaining audience of Hartz IV and the employment offices. Meanwhile, employment agencies learned something new, their employees were better trained and their reports explained in a more understandable way. However, courts often see themselves as interpreters. Language is often difficult for lawyers to understand. [Auch interessant: Sozialverband erstreitet für Gelsenkirchener 494.000 Euro]

Discrimination against minorities is increasing

Silvia Fleck: “In negotiations we take a long time to clarify the facts and clarify a complicated matter. People should understand why the decision went the way it went. ” The lawyer emphasizes that the priority in conducting negotiations is neutrality and objectivity. He wants more qualified young people in the judiciary. It is difficult to find employees because many lawyers enter the business because they earn more there. In the future, he wants to leave the decisions in the junior court. There is one thing that is especially close to her heart. He senses the social tendency to discriminate against minorities. The judiciary must always be aware of its responsibility to deal with increasing anti-Semitism. [Zum Thema: Wie Corona das Sozialgericht beeinflusst]

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Silvia Fleck is convinced that her new life will not be boring. When she says goodbye and meets many long-retired former colleagues, her conviction is strengthened. “When I look at their faces, they all still glow.”

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