The ACIJLP calls on the Minister of Justice to appoint a judicial committee to oversee the Bar Association, and to hold the elections
Arab Center for the Independence of the Judiciary and the Legal ProfessionThe Arab Center for the Independence of the Judiciary and the Legal Profession (ACIJLP) has learnt about a ruling made by the Cairo Court of Appeals on 12 August 1999 stating that the Minister of Justice is the person responsible for appointing a judicial committee to oversee the Bar Association. This ruling was made in a lawsuit brought by a lawyer to determine the person or area in charge of appointing such a committee. It must be noted that a ruling was made by the same court on 13 July 1999 ordering the removal of the sequestration imposed on the Bar. Following this ruling, the ACIJLP made a statement in which it announced the ruling to be a sort of predicament. The center asserted that without determining ways of implementation, and ordering the holding of elections, this ruling would be just a predicament and an insufficient step that would add more complications to the situation. Although it has always affirmed that the government is the party behind the Bar crisis, and that the intervention of the Minister of Justice could be a direct intervention by the government in the affairs of the Bar, the center calls on the Minister of Justice to promptly take the practical measures necessary for the implementation of the ruling, and to appoint a judicial committee to oversee the Bar Association until elections are held. The ACIJLP calls on the Ministry of Justice to take serious steps to put an end to the crisis of the Bar Association by appointing a judicial committee to supervise its affairs. It also calls on the government not to take any measure that would hamper the holding of the elections. Since the imposition of sequestration on the Bar more than three years now, lawyers in Egypt have been deprived of all their syndical rights. Moreover, in blatant violation of the United Nations Basic Principles on the Role of Lawyers, two general assemblies were prevented by force during these years.
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