Judges start three-day general strike in all courts Monday | Tunisia News Gazette

Judges start three-day general strike in all courts Monday

Judges, on Monday, began a three-day general strike in all the country’s courts.

They demand the withdrawal of the government legislative initiative amending and supplementing the law on the creation of the Supreme Judicial Council (French: CSM), which was adopted by the Cabinet meeting on February 25, 2017.

During the National Council of the Tunisian Judges’ Association (AMT) held on Saturday (March 18) in Tunis, it was decided to organise protests to demand the withdrawal of the government’s proposal which, according to the association, undermines the independence of the judiciary.

AMT President Raoudha Karafi reported a turnout of 80 pc at the Tunis I Court of First Instance, indicating that the strike turnout in the rest of the courts will be announced later.

While regretting that the government continues to take decisions unilaterally and to exclude judicial structures from consultations on issues that engage the sector, Karafi denounced the “ridiculous conditions” in which judges work.

She also recalled that judges will hold a rally outside the House of People’s Representatives (HPR) on Tuesday to protest against the government’s initiative amending and supplementing the law establishing the CSM.

President of the Tunisian Judges Union (SMT), Faisal Bouslimi Bouslimi, denied the AMT president’s statements concerning the success of the strike, affirming that many judges boycotted the strike and sessions proceeded normally in several courts.

Representatives of the SMT, the Union of Administrative Magistrates and the Union of Magistrates of the Court of Auditors, last Thursday, stressed the urgent need to set up the Supreme Judicial Council on which the municipal: elections depend.

They accuse the AMT of dragging out the crisis of the Council.

At a press conference in Tunis, representatives of the magistrates’ unions had called for a consensus solution to the crisis between members of the CSM before the examination and adoption by the parliament of the government initiative on March 28.

Faisal Bouslimi, had on this occasion, urged the AMT to put an end to its protests and limit to associative action.

Several citizens complained that they had not been informed of the strike of judges, denouncing the recurrence of these protest movements that are harming their interests.

Source: TAP News Agency

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