The matter relates to allegations that the State holds secret files on the population, containing claims which have not been heard in court. The story broke when a young man saw his application rejected for a job at the courthouse. The decision was reportedly based on claims against him which were never heard in court.
The government said that in such roles candidates could be subject to a character evaluation to determine whether they have the appropriate moral qualities for the role. The candidate referred the case to several MPs. A well-known lawyer, Gaston Vogel, has also published letter lambasting the practice as a “monstrosity”.
At the end of June, the general state prosecutor Martine Solovieff said that the prosecutor’s office did not hold secret files on people. What they do have is “Ju-Cha”, software which is used to administratively track a case, and which Solovieff said complies with the law.
Some 630 people reportedly have access to this software but not necessarily all information. Meanwhile, 2,000 people have access to the central police file.