Sharaf to discuss judiciary authority law crisis with lawyers' representatives

Ahram Online , Monday 31 Oct 2011

PM to take reformulated Article 18 proposal to lawyers after meeting judges' representatives on Monday in order to end crisis between two sides

The crisis between Egypt’s judges and lawyers may be nearing an end after Prime Minister Essam Sharaf met with Hossam El-Gheriani, chairman of the Supreme Judiciary Council; Ahmed El-Zend, head of the Judges’ Club, and Abdel Aziz El-Guindy, the minister of justice.

Sharaf's proposed solution to the crisis is to reformulate Article 18 of the judiciary authority law through a committee made up of judges and lawyers.

Sharaf hopes that his proposals will allow the judges' to keep their dignity without infringing upon the independence of lawyers. 

The law has caused huge anger among lawyers because of certain articles that gave judges the right to detain lawyers if they feel insulted by the attorneys in the courtroom.

The meeting was also attended by Ali El-Salmi, the deputy prime minister for political affairs, and Mansour El-Eissawy, Minister of Interior . 

It is expected that Sharaf will meet with lawyers’ representatives on Monday afternoon to discuss the results of the meeting. 

A Cabinet source told Ahram Online that the new law would be issued after parliamentary elections so it could be ratified by a new parliament. 

The source added that Sharaf is optimistic the crisis will end on Tuesday at the latest. 

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