The King gives his approval for the appointment of magistrates in several courts of the Kingdom

King Mohammed VI, President of the Superior Council of the Judiciary, has given his royal approval to the appointments by the Council of Magistrates of several jurisdictions, for the first session of 2022.

These appointments, which were approved by the High Commissioner, covered 79 assignments of judicial accountability. This represents more than 35% of positions of judicial responsibility in the various jurisdictions of the Kingdom.

This concerns:
– 5 first presidents of the Courts of Appeal;
– First President of the Commercial Court of Appeal;
– First President of the Administrative Court of Appeal;
– 14 Crown prosecutors at the Courts of Appeal;
– Public Prosecutor of the King at the Commercial Court of Appeal;
– 20 presidents of courts of first instance;
– 4 presidents of commercial courts;
– 2 presidents of two administrative courts;
– 31 public prosecutors at the courts of first instance.

These appointments also concerned 7 women judges, including five women judges occupying their functions for the first time, among the 32 judges who were appointed for the first time during this session. This represents 40.50% of the total positions of responsibility affected by the change.

The Council congratulates the new magistrates for the confidence placed in them and encourages them to exercise their functions with the necessary seriousness and firmness, with more will and determination, and to take initiatives aimed at the fair application of the law, and to ensure the conditions necessary for a fair trial and to respect the reasonable time for decision and execution of cases. The General Secretariat of the Council will determine the date of assignment of the magistrates concerned to their new functions.

It should be noted that the new appointments, made for the first session of 2022, are in addition to the changes that affected the positions of judicial responsibility during the year 2021, which included 118 positions of judicial responsibility.
This brings to 197 the number of changes in positions of judicial responsibility operated by the Council in less than two years. This is equivalent to 83% of the total positions of judicial responsibility in the courts of the Kingdom.

In addition, 72 changes were made by the Council to positions of responsibility between the date of its investiture in 2017 and 2019. aspects of synthesis, framing, effectiveness of execution and governance of the measure.

It appears from the appointments that received royal approval during the two sessions of the year 2021 and the first session of 2022, 87 women judges and magistrates were entrusted with judicial functions for the first time, i.e. 44.16% the total number of positions covered by the change. This confirms the will of the council to make room for women and other magistrates who have not previously assumed judicial responsibilities, to carry out these vital tasks in the judicial field, and contribute to the development of its performance.

It is also a desire expressed by the Council’s interest in selecting the magistrates’ deputies, whose strategy provided for the Council to benefit from training to exercise the functions of judicial responsibility.

On the other hand, during the same period, the appointments concerned thirteen 13 women judges, who were assigned to various positions of responsibility, including 11 who assumed judicial functions for the first time: a first president of the court of appeal, and three female presidents of courts of first instance, two presidents of two commercial courts, two public prosecutors near two courts of first instance, and three public prosecutors near commercial courts.
Adding these appointments to the number of female judges appointed in previous years, the number of female judges who currently exercise judicial responsibilities in the various courts of the Kingdom has increased to 20, or 9% of the total judicial positions.

While this percentage does not yet reflect the ambitions of Moroccan women judges to hold management positions, it has doubled compared to 2020. This reflects the council’s desire to give women judges the status they deserve in the courts. leadership positions, among their colleagues.

It is a central topic in the strategy of the Superior Council of the Judiciary, through which the Council works to encourage women judges to compete for positions of responsibility, and also seeks female judicial skills to qualify them for leadership positions. .

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