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Higher Council of the Judiciary meets

Published the:  30/07/2011

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July 30, 2011 - TAP - The Higher Council of the Judiciary met, on Saturday in Carthage, under the chairmanship of Interim President Foued Mebazaa and the presence of Justice Minister Lazhar Karoui Chebbi.
Mr. Mebazaa said this year's council meeting is held as Tunisia is living through a special stage in its history to establish a democratic regime, marked by the independence of powers and rule of law.
The Tunisian society, he added, yearns today for a judiciary that consecrates the sovereignty of justice, which is the foundation of any civilisation.
He said that the judiciary which, since the January 14 Revolution, has aroused the interest of all the components of the society, is invited to restore rights to all those who suffered injustice in the previous period and punish those who violated and ignored law.
Regarding the transfer of judges, the Interim President, said it was this year in transparency and equity, by taking into account the situation of judges that were marginalised without reason and by involving all stakeholders.
Mr. Mebazaa said a broad consultation was made on this transfer, in association with the Tunisian Association of Judges and the Union of Tunisian Judges whose views were taken into consideration, confirming the commitment to lay the foundations of a new stage in the history of the country that puts an end to the monopolisation of the decision-making power and exercise of democracy at all levels.
He said he was convinced that the judiciary has been effectively freed from supervision and that will play a decisive role in establishing a modern judicial system that meets the expectations of the stage and aspirations of the Tunisian people for justice and equity.
Earlier, Minister of Justice Lazhar Karoui Chebbi had underlined that among the major slogans and demands of the Revolution of January 14, there was the establishment of an independent justice which shows the key position granted by Tunisian citizens to the judiciary.
He stressed the need for the Tunisian judges to contribute to the organisation of transparent election of the National Constituent Assembly set for next October 23.
Mr. Chebbi also pointed to the creation of 11 new investigation offices at the Court of First Instance of Tunis, raising their number to 23.