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Lawyers start protests against 'flabby judiciary'

Feb. 4, 2014 9:46 P.M. (Updated: Feb. 5, 2014 4:41 P.M.)
RAMALLAH (Ma’an) – The union of Palestinian lawyers in the West Bank on Tuesday started protests against what they called the “flabby” Palestinian judiciary.

A statement highlighted that lawyers decided to boycott all hearings in courts and DA offices on Tuesday.

The union’s council will hold an emergency session next Saturday to determine what further protests should be taken in future, according to a statement Tuesday.

The statement appealed to President Mahmoud Abbas asking him to amend the judicial system so that “Palestinian citizens can enjoy a righteous and independent judiciary system whose top priority is justice and rightfulness.”

The statement pointed out that some judges have rendered the judiciary system “flabby and temperamental harming people’s dignity especially lawyers.”

In addition, there have been “unforgivable (actions) such as deputations which harmed people and resulted in negative attitudes to the deep-rooted judiciary system.”

In response, the Palestinian Higher Judicial Council said in a statement that “the lawyers’ union surprisingly used alien, adventitious terminology which contradicted the common language all previous union councils have used when addressing the judiciary authorities. These expressions are inappropriate both to lawyers, to trade unions and to the judiciary system.”

Discussing the judiciary system in the media, added the council, is “very dangerous as it harms both the citizens and homeland. Judges have recently perceived the danger of such practices to their impartiality and independence since such practices help only personal interests and never benefit public interests.”

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