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.
Egypt’s Supreme Judicial Council (SJC) rejected a bill, with the consensus of its seven members, that would give the Egyptian president the power to appoint the heads of Egypt’s judiciary committees.
The 2014 Egyptian Constitution guarantees the independence of the judiciary and protects it from the interference of any other authority. And, according to Article 184, “The judiciary is independent. It is vested in the courts of justice of different types and degrees, which issue their judgments in accordance with the …
The Supreme Judicial Council ordered on Monday a gag on publishing news related to judges and the judiciary on websites and digital outlets, according to state media.
President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi issued a decree to force former head of the Judges Club Zakaria Abdel Aziz into retirement, according to state-run Al-Ahram. The decree No. 255 was published in the state’s official magazine on Sunday.
Judge Zakareya Abdel Aziz, former head of the Judges Club, has been officially forced into retirement due to allegations that he engaged in political activity and incited the storming and burning of the State Security headquarters in 2011.
Egypt’s disciplinary board of judges dismissed 33 judges for engaging in political activity, forcing them into retirement on Monday.
The Supreme Judicial Council’s disciplinary committee removed 15 judges from their posts on Monday for support of former president Mohamed Morsi.
Local media reported Sunday night that Justice Minister Ahmed al-Zend tendered his resignation at the request of Prime Minister Sherif Ismail.
A group of journalists are preparing a petition requesting that the Journalists Syndicate refer to the Supreme Judicial Council after two judges decided to ban journalists from party-affiliated and privately owned media outlets from their court sessions, and only allow journalists from state-owned media to attend.