AMMAN — His Majesty King Abdullah II on Wednesday visited the Court of Cassation and the Judicial Council, where he received the annual report on the work of the judiciary during 2017 from the President of the Council, Mohammed Ghazu, and was briefed on the most important achievements and challenges facing the judicial apparatus.
During the meeting, His Majesty expressed his pride in the Judicial Council's efforts and achievements in the development of judicial work, stressing the importance of providing all resources that will enable judges to carry out their duties fully.
His Majesty said the Judicial Council has great responsibilities and affirmed the judiciary is the basis for achieving justice and enhancing citizens' confidence in the state and their future.
His Majesty called on all concerned institutions to cooperate to complete and implement the recommendations of the Royal Commission for the Development of the Judiciary and the Promotion of the Rule of Law to boost the work of the Judicial Inspection Unit and train judges to improve their performance.
The King also stressed the need to apply the principle of quick litigation without affecting the quality of judgments, as well as the importance of launching judicial chambers to build expertise and ensure stability of the courts' rulings, and said the launch of the Economic Chamber in the judiciary contributes to the promotion of attractive investment environment.
During the meeting, the President of the Judicial Council, Mohammed Ghazu, gave a briefing on the Council's strategy to improve performance and achievements of the judiciary and highlighted the main measures and solutions taken to overcome the challenges.
Ghazu said the judges were instructed to abide by the legal frameworks that achieve the quick litigation principle.
"The courts have been able to reduce the number of rotated cases by 23 percent, from 145 thousand to 113 thousand," he said.
On the Royal initiative to reform the judiciary, he said 43 projects and procedures have been completed, ranging from legislative amendments to administrative and institutional arrangements that contribute to the development of a modern environment for the Judicial Council.
The most important of these achievements was the establishment of the Judicial Council's secretariat and the restructuring process aimed to provide the necessary immunity to the Council's members, and activate judicial inspection, Ghazu pointed out.
Ghazu said the Council has completed 11 projects within its jurisdiction to enhance fair trial guarantees, adding seven laws have also been amended, including the amendments recommended by the Royal Commission for the Development of the Judiciary and the Promotion of the Rule of Law.
Ghazu noted these legislative amendments will have an impact on the effectiveness of litigation procedures, speeding up resolution of disputes and improving the quality of courts' verdicts.
On the development of infrastructure and the integration of technology, he said the Judicial Council continues to cooperate with the government and donors to achieve those goals within the financial resources available.