'Non-interference in judicial decisions is a golden rule,' Sisi says on Judiciary Day

Mohamed Soliman , Saturday 2 Oct 2021

Egyptian President Abdel-Fatah El-Sisi has said he would never interfere with judicial decisions, based on the fact that Egyptian law would not allow him to do so as well as because of his deep-rooted understanding of the nature of the judicial system.

President Sisi attends first Egyptian Judiciary Day
President Sisi attends first Egyptian Judiciary Day

"Non-interference in the judiciary is a golden rule from which we cannot deviate," El-Sisi said in his speech during the Egyptian Judiciary Day ceremony on Saturday.

"You will never permit me interfere and I will respect that," the president told a wide range of judicial officials who attended the event, which is the first of its kind in the country.

"I will never interfere in judicial judgments. And you bear the responsibility of your judgments before God and I have no role in this [respect] as per the law," he said.

The president also said he directed the government to arrange the needed financial allocations to develop the judiciary institution given that it represents one of the "main" authorities of the Egyptian state.

"The judiciary institution has a prominent place among each and every Egyptian owing to the justice it achieves and the societal peace and the reassurance it spreads," he added.

The plan includes several pillars, including enhancing personal capabilities, El-Sisi noted.

"Organising and managing the justice effectively is a necessary issue for building a state of law, for which the constitution guarantees the independence of the judiciary," El-Sisi pointed out.

"This independence precludes intervening into its affairs or influencing it to ensure the issuance of judicial rulings," he appended.

El-Sisi added that the plan also includes developing the judicial facilities to facilitate the services provided to citizens and achieving prompt justice, according to the president.

The development scheme, he noted, covers several issues, including rejuvenating the facilities' affiliated with the judicial authorities and accelerating the litigation proceedings via utilising top-notch technology.

El-Sisi has repeatedly ordered the government to ramp up its efforts to conclude its ambitious plan to digitise all of government services countrywide, including the judicial services.

Saturday's event, which was held at Al-Manara International Conference Center in New Cairo, was attended by Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly and Justice Minister Omar Marwan.

The date coincides with the beginning of the judicial year and the appointment of women for the first time at the State Council and the Public Prosecution, a step that was pushed by a presidential decision.

In June, in a meeting with members of all judicial bodies in Egypt, El-Sisi chose the beginning of October each year to mark Egyptian Judiciary Day.

Eleven female judges were transferred to the Public Prosecution and are due to start their work this month. Also, several female members of the Administrative Prosecution Authority and the Egyptian State Lawsuits Authority were appointed.

Although there are a number of women occupying judicial posts, no woman had ever been appointed as a judge on the State Council.

During today's event, El-Sisi said such a step was taken to empower women to enjoy their constitutional rights in this field.

"August gathering, your judicial legacy has a good reputation is full of acclaimed deeds. And your presence will be perpetuated by verdicts safeguarding the [Egyptian] state, protecting society, convicting outlaws and freeing the innocent people," he concluded his speech.

During the event, El-Sisi honoured a number of late judges who lost their lives in terrorist attacks.

The president bestowed the Order of the Nile medal on the family members of the late Egyptian top prosecutor Hisham Barakat who was assassinated in 2015.

Families of other judges were also granted first and second-class Order of Republic during the event.

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