Sep 16 2012
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Kuwait to appoint women as lawyers, judges
Sunday, Sep 16, 2012
Manama: Women in Kuwait will soon be appointed to the judiciary in a breakthrough for the nation.
Female graduates from the colleges of law and Sharia will be able to join fellow male graduates in the appointment to the public prosecution following a decision by the High Judiciary Council, legal sources told local Arabic daily Al Jareeda.
The Council has informed Jamal Al Sheehab, the justice minister, about the move and he did not mind.
The Council said that Kuwaiti women have been appointed to almost all areas and that some became government ministers.
According to the sources, the Council will initially appoint five to seven female public prosecutors.
“It will be like a try to familiarise the Kuwaiti society with the development and it will be followed by the appointment of female judges,” the sources said.
Applications for the positions will be accepted from graduates with high scores ranging between 80 per cent for the law college and 90 per cent for the Sharia faculty from September 23 to October 11 by the justice ministry, the sources said.
Successful candidates will undergo a two-year training focusing on personal status, printing, publishing and audio-visual, and juvenile prosecution sections.
The female prosecutors will need a five to seven year experience before they are appointed judges, the sources said.
In June 2006, Bahrain became the first Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) country to appoint a woman judge. Mona Jassem Al Kawari was appointed to the civil courts.
In the UAE, Kholoud Ahmad Jouan Al Dhaheri became in March 2008 the country’s first female judge.
In 2010, Qatar appointed Sheikha Maha Mansour Al Thani as its first woman judge.
Morocco was the first Arab country to have a woman judge when it appointed Amina Abdul Razzak as a judge in a Rabat court in 1961.
Kuwaiti women have recently succeeded to make strides in areas that had been strictly confined to men.
In 2005, the parliament agreed to give women full political rights and allowed them to vote and stand in parliamentary and local elections for the first time in the country’s history.
In 2009 four women won seats in the 50-member parliament in the only successful bid.
By Habib Toumi Bureau Chief
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