Lawyers-magistrates, a story of endless corporatist conflicts

The Keeper of the Seals, Éric Dupond-Moretti, and student magistrates from the 2022 promotion of the National School of Magistracy who were sworn in on February 10 at the Bordeaux Court of Appeal. Stephane DUPRAT / Hans Lucas via Reuters Connect

STORY – In September 2020, for the first time, a non-magistrate, who is also a lawyer, took over as head of the National School of Magistracy (ENM). From the outset, Nathalie Roret is suspected of being only a “remotely guided director”.

She arrived in a minefield. In September 2020, Nathalie Roret courageously took the helm of the National School for the Judiciary (ENM) and entered the judicial arena, white-hot by the sensational appointment of the new Keeper of the Seals Éric Dupond-Moretti. For the first time, it is a non-magistrate, who is moreover a lawyer.

From the outset, the Keeper of the Seals embellished this symbolic announcement with a murderous comment: this school, he affirmed then, place where “the force of inertia of some, the reluctance to modernize the institution and the excesses of a culture of self-segregation”. What complicates the arrival of the new director. Especially since the school is worried about undergoing the same reform, unprecedented, which affects the great schools of the Republic, like the ENA, which is criticized for their elitism. A foil for the world of the judiciary, which insists that the ENM is a school of application, cultivating excellence and made to teach its “listeners”…

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