High Judicial Council judges visit Salfit Magistrate Court

The High Judicial Council together with EUPOL COPPS representatives paid a visit on Monday 04 October 2019 to Salfit Magistrate Court, in the northern West Bank, and met judges and representatives from its administration to assess their needs.

This visit is the first in a court needs mapping exercise to take place in each of the 11 court buildings, as advised by the Mission. 

The Secretary General of the High Judicial Council, Judge Assad Shunnar, together with the Acting Head of the Technical Office, Mahmoud Sbaihat met with the president of the court Judge Eman Diriyeh, Judge Tarek Badir and Court Administration Officer Areej Madi to discuss the challenges the court faces. The Salfit Magistrate court started holding sessions in its EU-funded brand new building earlier in 2019. The two-judge court is currently serving a population of 80,000 people.

The judges discussed issues related to management of cases, backlog and case allocation, court difficulties in relation to service of summonses and training needs with the participation of EUPOL COPPS’ Court Team. After the visit, the High Judicial Council has expressed the intention to increase its number of judges.