Dr. Adnan Metafouq Affirms in a Joint Seminar: “The King is the Guarantor of the Independence of the Judiciary”

The Moroccan Judges Club, in partnership with the Rabat Bar Association, the Moroccan Association for the Defense of Judicial Independence, and Transparency Morocco, organized a seminar on the topic of the independence of the judiciary in public policies in Morocco and the independence of the judge between international charters and national legislation.

The seminar, which was held on Saturday, April 20, 2024, addressed various aspects of the independence of the judiciary from the perspective of international references, national legislation, and practical practice.

Professor Adnan Metafouq, Doctor of Law and Member of the Executive Committee of the Moroccan Judges Club in charge of information and communication, began his speech at the seminar by referring to the importance of the independence of the judiciary in establishing the rule of law and protecting human rights.

Professor Adnan Metafouq stressed the need to respect relevant international principles, such as the Basic Principles on the Independence of the Judiciary adopted by the United Nations at the Seventh Milan Conference in 1985 on the Prevention of Crime and the Treatment of Offenders, as well as the Bangalore Principles on Judicial Conduct.

The speaker also addressed the constitutional and legal guarantees that ensure the independence of the judiciary in Morocco. They pointed out that the 2011 Constitution states that “the judiciary is independent of the legislative and executive powers” and that “the King is the guarantor of the independence of the judiciary.”

He also stressed the importance of the organic laws relating to the Supreme Council of the Judiciary and the Statute of Judges, which included many guarantees aimed at protecting the independence of judges and lawyers.

Source: Fes News Media

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