In the wake of a clear refusal of the Judicial Authority bill, currently under discussion by the Parliament, the Member of the Parliament’s (MP) legislative committee, Mostafa Bakry, asserted that attempts are underway to reach compromise between the State Council and the Parliament.
The State Council declared Saturday its official rejection of a draft law presented by parliament on the appointment of judicial authorities, also known as the Judicial Authority Law.
The Administrative Court decided on Tuesday to look into a lawsuit filed by lawyer Khaled Ali against the ruling by the Cairo Court for Urgent Matters, which overturned a verdict annulling the Egyptian-Saudi maritime demarcation agreement on 17 April.
The crisis over the law on judicial authorities’ appointments continues as over 600 State Council judges rejected the bill recently passed by Parliament, which allows the president of the republic to designate judicial heads.
Lawyer Khaled Ali filed a lawsuit at the Administrative Court against a ruling by the Cairo Court for Urgent Matters that had overturned a verdict that included annulling the Egyptian-Saudi maritime demarcation agreement.
The Red Sea has been subjected to a rapidly altering security dynamic, reflecting Saudi Arabia’s increased regional power, the declining role of Egypt, and growing Saudi-Israeli cooperation.
Court of Urgent Matters rules in favor of Tiran and Sanafir agreement, lawyers say court has no jurisdiction
A January ruling that rejected the government’s controversial plan to transfer Tiran and Sanafir islands to Saudi Arabia has been annulled.
An Egyptian court on Sunday reversed a previous judicial decision to block the transfer of two Red Sea Islands to Saudi Arabia, but lawyers in the case immediately questioned whether it had the authority to do so.
The crisis surrounding the newly-announched amendments to the judicial authority bill escalated on Wednesday as the advisory council of judges’ clubs held an emergency meeting to announce measures against the new bill.
Parliament’s Legislative and Constitutional Affairs Committee has approved a bill which grants the president powers to appoint Egypt’s top judicial posts. The decision, which affects all judicial branches, has been decried as a blow to the independence of the judiciary.