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Lawyers' Syndicate calls on lawyers to suspend strike

In a general assembly meeting, the syndicate calls for a de-escalation of the crisis between judges and lawyers and for a suspension of lawyer's strike actions

Ahram Online , Tuesday 1 Nov 2011
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The Lawyers’ Syndicate held a general assembly meeting on Tuesday to discuss the latest developments in Egypt’s crisis between judges and lawyers, subsequently issuing a statement titled “Justice is the Solution” which called on both judges and lawyers to refrain from escalating the matter further.

The general assembly’s statement also called on lawyers to suspend their strike and to respect the decision of the general assembly and urged both lawyers and judges to continue carrying out their duties. Moreover, the statement warned against turning the ongoing debate into a reason to delay parliamentary elections.

Judges were asked to purge the election’s supervision committee from those judges who participated in 2010’s parliamentary elections, while a stern message was sent to members of the media, urging them to be careful with what they circulate and insisting that the Lawyers’ Syndicate currently has no representative except the general assembly.

The crisis between judges and lawyers is ongoing despite the government attempts to reach an agreement between the two parties. Egypt’s lawyers reject the new Judiciary Authority Law proposed by the Judges’ Club and backed up by the Supreme Judicial Council because of certain articles that give judges the right to detain lawyers in the courtroom if they act in a manner the judge considers insulting. 

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