The Palestinian Center for Conflict Resolution (PCDCR), associated with UNDP, set up a conference under the title “Specialized Justice is Accomplished Justice”. The conference took a part in “Toward a More Responsive Justice System in the Gaza Strip” project, which embraces the idea of the independence of the judiciary, perfecting an accomplished justice, and supporting human rights and liberty.
Specialists in this event affirmed the importance of reconciliation between the Palestinian parties, to pave a way for judicial independence and legislation standardizing. All have to be done to go along with the international conventions and community needs. In addition, taking on the specialized judiciary as a methodology for the advancement of the judicial actions, to part the word justice from all political bickering.
Sa’eed El-Maqadmah, PCDCR’s general manager, opened the conference with a speech laid great emphasis upon bringing an end for the division between the Palestinian sides, and enabling the highly qualified judiciary.
Aya Basheer, spokeswoman of UNDP, in her speech she stressed that the basic core for participatory democracy is the effective justice system. The system that would immerse women and other vulnerable groups into legal fields which related to citizenship and human rights insurance.
The first session of the conference has been commenced by the lawyer Hamid Es-Samak, who threw a light on judicial specialization, and the great leap forward that it would make to the accomplished justice. He also said the constitutional law provides for judicial independence and timely disposition of cases, aside from advocating the establishment of Islamic courts, military courts, administrative courts, and constitutional courts. However, civil and commercial procedure law sorted the jurisdictions of courts by the type of the case and the domestic jurisdiction. Furthermore, he added that the horrible division between the Palestinian parties is the only barrier between community and the legislative process.
The representative of the public prosecutor said that the cornerstone for justice system is to adopt specialization among courts of general jurisdiction. All rely upon establishing fine prosecutors and courts, coupled with efficient staff, and making sound judgments. Side by side with provision of legal services that would include specialization in different matters, and the use of modern techniques. Additionally, he gave a particular emphasis to the specialization of judges, and the functional training programs that the body of public prosecutors shall receive. Also, to work more efficiently on forensics and to deal with justice chaos, to be all in a line with the international conventions.
Police representative, We’am Mattar, noted the particular role of the project of juvenile police in justice system. The project that aims to work on conflicts resolution, cases disposition, investigation process, legal proceedings, and rehabilitation programs for criminals to re-integrate them into the society.
In the second session of the conference, the lawyer Safi Ad-dahdouh mentioned the vision of the bar association toward judicial specialization. He indicated to the desired integrated judicial system and strategy development to eliminate the judicial division, in order to put a mechanism for the specialized justice. Also to find a fine place for justice process to be done, provide the typical administrative staff and to create rules for justice away from the political squabbles.
For his part, Aymen Abd-Alal outlined the Egyptian experience in the judicial specialization, pointing to the establishment of commercial courts and juvenile courts as an example for the specialized courts in Egypt, in the sake of timely disposition of cases. He also shed some light on lawsuits of the economic courts, and juvenile courts that regulated by child welfare law.
The conference came with a number of discussions, plus recommendations for breaking off the division to fulfill the judiciary integration. Another suggestions to increase the number of the qualified personnel in all justice facilities and standardizing the legislations, to get them all in consonance with the international conventions. Also to learn from the neighboring countries experiences, especially Egypt, by establishing a specialized courts and procuratorates, enhancing training programs and enforcing sentences expeditiously, to get all rights ensured.