Palestinian Chief Justice visit to France
Paris – 12, 13, 14 October 2015
In the framework of the project funded by the European Commission “Strengthening the High Judicial Council (HJC) in Palestine,” JCI welcomed Chief Justice Ali Muhanna in France, from the 12th until the 14th of October 2015.
During the study tour, Chief Justice discussed the functioning and role of the French High Council of the Judiciary/Conseil Superieur de la Magistrature (CSM), including appointment and career developments of judges with Soraya Amrani Mekki, member of CSM and Lisa Gamgani, Deputy Secretary General at the CSM.
Mr. Bertrand Louvel, first president of the Court of Cassation and Jean-Claude Marin, General Prosecutor at the Court of Cassation, and Presidents of the Conseil Superieur de la Magistrature welcomed Chief Justice Ali Muhanna and expressed their will to strengthen the relationship with the Palestinian HJC.
Mr. Muhanna met Nicole Maestracci, member of the Constitutional Council and discussed very interestingly the operating procedures of the Council in view of the establishment of the Palestinian constitutional court. Article 94 of the 2002 Basic Law provides for the establishment of the Constitutional Court in Palestine. However, this court has not yet been created, and the High Court of Justice is serving the functions of the Constitutional Court in the interim.
Last but not least, Mr. Muhanna was received by the French National Bar Association, the National School of the Judiciary/Ecole Nationale de la Magistrature (ENM) and the Ministry of Justice, in particular by Mr. Valery Turcey, Head of European and International Affairs Department of the Ministry and by Ms. Marie-Francoise Lebon-Blanchard, Deputy Inspector of the Judicial Services.