Egypt to allow women on State Council, Public Prosecution starting October: Presidency

Ahram Online , Wednesday 2 Jun 2021

The decision 'will contribute to achieving full equality between men and women in assuming judicial posts in all judicial bodies and authorities,' the presidential spokesman said

Egyptian Public Prosecution
Egyptian Public Prosecution

As per a presidential decision, Egyptian women can work at the State Council and the Public Prosecution for the first time in the country’s history starting 1 October, President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi said in a meeting with top judicial figures on Wednesday.

Several “historic” decisions were issued during the meeting, presidential spokesman Bassam Radi said, noting that they “will contribute to achieving full equality between men and women in assuming judicial posts in all judicial bodies and authorities.”

Although there are a number of women occupying judicial posts, no women have ever been appointed as judges on the State Council, which refuses all applications filed by women.

This came to an end last March when El-Sisi directed Justice Minister Omar Marwan to coordinate with concerned bodies to allow women to become members of the State Council and the Public Prosecution.

During the Wednesday meeting, El-Sisi said that 1 October of every year is to be considered Egyptian judiciary day.

The meeting also approved a decision to equalise financial entitlements among persons of the same rank in the four judicial bodies and authorities of the State Council, the Administrative Prosecution, the State Lawsuits Authority and the judiciary.

The decisions also aim at “achieving equality in income among peers in every judicial body and authority automatically, so that there would be no need to file lawsuits to achieve this equality,” the spokesman added.

The decisions approved during the meeting also include briefing the State Lawsuits Authority of the reasons for rejecting any applicant for appointment in judicial positions. These reasons will be submitted to the relevant judicial authority.

The decisions ensure that the secondment of a single judicial member is not repeated in more than one entity, except for the Ministry of Justice. A time limit for the secondment duration will also be set as per the decisions.

The decisions also ensure that the names of those accepted for appointment are not repeated in different judicial entities.

This latest decision is applied for those who graduated in 2018 or later for the State Council and Public Prosecution and for those graduated in 2013 or later for the Administrative Prosecution and the State Lawsuits Authority.

These decisions will “expand the opportunities of joining judicial positions after repetition in appointment is prevented,” the spokesman said.

He affirmed that these decisions “allow transparency to know the reasons for excluding some applicants from appointment.”

“Also, the transference to the Administrative Capital will be considered a breakthrough in terms of modern workplaces and the use of modern technology in the procedures,” the spokesman added.

The meeting was attended by head of the Supreme Constitutional Court Saeed Marie, head of the Supreme Judicial Council Abdullah Shoda, head of the State Council Mohamed Hossam El-Din, Public Prosecutor Hamada El-Sawi, and head of the Administrative Prosecution Essam El-Din Menshawi.

In another meeting with Justice Minister Marwan on Wednesday, El-Sisi ordered enhancing the use of the latest electronic and technological means and techniques in the work system of the courts and litigation procedures.

The president also ordered enhancing the implementation of electronic linkage among the courts nationwide during the coming period for the positive results it has yielded.

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