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Judges' concerns and priorities in transition period examined

Published the:  26/07/2011

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July 26, 2011 - TAP - Reforming the judiciary and reviewing the criteria set regarding the movement of judges and reservations expressed by them on the decree-law organising the lawyer profession were the focal points of a meeting held on Tuesday by Caretaker Prime Minister Béji Caid Essebsi with Chairman of the Association of Tunisian Judges (ATM) Ahmed Rahmouni.
In a statement to TAP news agency, ATM Chairman said the meeting had allowed to address the concerns of judges and their priorities in the transition period, particularly cleaning up the judiciary, restoring confidence in the institutions of justice and establishing transitional higher councils of the judiciary relating to jurisdiction or the State Council.
Addressing the issue of the movement of judges, the AMT Chairman said that a legitimate higher council of the judiciary and an independent judiciary can lead to the criteria set regarding this movement, which will break with the past."
He also expressed hope that the decree-law organising the profession of lawyers will be examined, as part of a comprehensive review of the judiciary.
The meeting was attended by several members of the AMT Executive Board as well as Delegate Minister to the Prime Minister Ridha Belhaj.