Tunisian President Saied signs decree establishing “new judicial council”

Tunisian President Kais Saied signed a decree abolishing the Supreme Judicial Council and establishing a new council in its place.

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According to a statement made by the Presidency of Tunisia, President Kais Saied, who met with Minister of Justice Leila Jaffal and Najla Bouden, approved a decree that abolished the Supreme Judicial Council and envisaged the creation of a new council.

Stating that he respects the independence of the judiciary, Saied said, “Sovereignty belongs to the people.”

Pointing out the importance of a justice system where everyone is equal before the law, Saied said, “Those who see that injustice prevails and those who remain silent about rights and justice are involved in this injustice. Therefore, the Supreme Judicial Council was dissolved to end impunity and a temporary council was brought in place. Fair accountability to the judiciary is a sacred duty and one of the legitimate demands of the Tunisian people.”

Tunisian President Kais Saied announced on February 10 that “the decree that abolished the Supreme Judicial Council and that a new council would be formed in its place was prepared.”

The abolished Supreme Judicial Council had declared that it was the only legal judicial authority in the country and that any other judicial bodies to be established would not have a legal basis.

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