New publications will support the provision of prompt and high quality justice

The hand-over of three pocket size handbooks on procedural law and two volumes of international treaties, to which the Palestinian Authority have committed, completes a yearlong project aiming to support the High Judicial Council in their effort to strengthen the functioning of the Palestinian courts.

On 26 June 2019, the Head of Mission, Mr. Kauko Aaltomaa, made a symbolic hand-over of five publications, sponsored by the Mission, to the Palestinian Chief Justice Chancellor, H.E Judge Emad Saleem Sa'ad.

The pocket-size handbooks on procedural laws and law on evidence are intended for use by Palestinian judges in court sessions and proceedings, thus speeding up consultations by justice actors.

The two volumes containing international treaties signed by the Palestinian Authority are updated to include the latest (2014-2019). Despite the treaties are not automatically applicable, they constitute an essential interpretation tool for those whose shall administer the law.

The literature complements the Mission’s initiative to support the Technical Office of the High Judicial Council in assisting Palestinian judges in the provision of prompt and high quality justice. This began in December 2018 with a study visit to the Court of Cassation (the Supreme Court) of Jordan for four members of the Technical Office of the Palestinian High Judicial Council aiming to study how legal principles are best extracted from judicial decisions. The newly published literature completes the initiative.

The Chief Justice Chancellor and the Head of Mission agreed that these publications also constitutes a symbol of cooperation between EUPOL COPPS and the High Judicial Council – a cooperation which remains crucial in the implementation of the Mission’s mandate.

Top photo: The Head of EUPOL COPPS, Mr. Kauko Aaltomaa (left) handing over the first copies of the five publications to the Palestinian Chief Justice Chancellor, H.E Judge Emad Saleem Sa'ad on 26 June 2019.
Bottom photo: The five new publications, three pocket-size handbooks on procedural laws and law on evidence and two volumes containing international treaties signed by the Palestinian Authority.