The Ministry of Justice, Local Administration, and Public Function will unite the courts of Linares (Jaén) in the construction of the old School of Experts, which will be acquired for use as a new judicial headquarters. The project will be possible because of two protocols signed by the Minister of Justice, Local Administration, and Public Function, Jose Antonio Nieto, with the mayor of the city, Auxiliadora del Olmo, and with the rector of the University of Jaén, Nicolás Ruiz.
Nieto highlighted the example of cooperation between the three institutions to solve a problem “where they have been working for a decade,” where he thanked the rector and the mayor for their “involvement” in finding valid options for different parties and, above all, looking for the benefits of services provided to citizens.
This bilateral agreement will not only provide a new judicial headquarters in Linares in the former headquarters of the School of Experts, included in the Judicial Infrastructure Plan 2023-2030, but the City Council will also reclaim the two buildings for the city, one of which was donated years ago by the City Council. One, owned by the Ministry, will be acquired by the City Council as “one of the most valuable heritage sites that deserve to continue as a public facility,” as described by Nieto.
“We have managed to unite everything that makes the municipality of Linares good,” said the councilor, after emphasizing that “it is one of the large, medium-sized cities within Andalusia” and being called to play a main role in the economic development of the community. In this sense, he remembered that the president, Juanma Moreno He already made it clear during his visit to the city last week that “for the Junta de Andalucía, Jaén in general and Linares in particular is a priority.”
In today’s event, the counselor signed a protocol with the UJA to propose the shared use of the former headquarters of the School of Experts, “which is also part of the history of Linares,” for the university to transfer the building to the Department of Justice, which will be in charge of implementing the adaptation works to house all the courts.
The reform provides for the shared use of part of the building, which Nieto defended because there is a connection between the Administration of Justice and the University that will allow the “transfer of practical knowledge” to students of law and legal studies. The project will contribute to the “rise of Linares” because it will revitalize this area of the municipality and jobs will create jobs, added Nieto.
The City Council took back the inheritance for Linares
On the other hand, Nieto signed another protocol with the mayor through this The Ministry has committed to the City Council to offer the current judicial building on its property., on Cánovas del Castillo Pontón Street, so you can own it and thus maintain the municipal heritage and continue to be available to the public. The details of the sale will be closed in a future agreement between the two institutions.
The councilor thanked the City Council for moving to another building a few years ago It covered 656 square kilometers when the judicial headquarters ran out of space to accommodate the newly created bodies. He praised the participation of the mayor in contributing to the project of the new judicial headquarters, which made it possible to overcome “the last obstacle, which is the appearance of the old headquarters, which deserves to be a public facility.” In this way, he emphasized that he committed himself “in an admirable way because he wants a project so that Linares is the city it should be.”
Therefore, Nieto detailed that the current judicial headquarters spread over two buildings, in addition to being scattered, lacks space for future growth and for the new needs of a 21st century justice in term of digitalization and the new organization of bodies and staff. in the face of legislative changes.
The courts of Linares It is currently distributed in the building owned by the Board (2,521 square meters) and the one provided by the City Council (656 square meters). This judicial district also serves the localities of Bailén, Jabalquinto, and Torreblascopedro. Building a new headquarters is a project that has been in demand for years, and now this three-way commitment will allow it to continue.
The mayor, María Auxiliadora Ortiz, stated that she is “convinced that this agreement will be very good for Linares because with large courts and a modern courthouse adapted to the new era, we will achieve more effective and faster justice, so this is a very important step forward. In addition, the Linares City Council allowed us to include both properties in its catalog to give them new uses and make them available to the people of Linares.
For his part, the rector of the UJA defended that “from the university, we are sensitive; we know that there is a problem with the existing judicial facilities, and we want to help solve it.” Therefore, the transfer of the use of the space of the old School of Experts will allow “some modern, cutting-edge, highly functional facilities and where there is also space for the use of the universit, so that our law students can do legal work or other types of academic activities can be carried out.”
“All parties have the will to build and contribute more value to a common project,” he stressed, and he explained that the current event is the result of “serious, continuous, and rigorous work,” which is done with the Ministry of Justice. “from the trust and conviction that we are doing the best for Linares.”
The event held today at City Hall was attended by the Deputy Minister of Justice, Ana Corredera; the general secretary of Judicial Infrastructures, Teresa Ávila; the delegate of the Junta Government of Jaén, Jesús Estrella; the territorial delegates of Justice and Finance, Javier Carazo and Javier Calvente; as well as various judicial authorities such as the president of the Provincial Court, Rafael Morales; the senior judge of Linares, Antonio José Delgado; the chief prosecutor of Jaén, María Pilar Sánchez, and the senior prosecutor of Linares, Ana Carolina Parejo, and the coordinating secretary, Juan Ramón Gómez Lara; in addition to representatives of professional associations of lawyers and lawyers.