Judicial Ethics Charter Promoted in Morocco

The outreach session in Tangier sparked a lively debate.

The outreach session in Tangier sparked a lively debate.

September 2009 

The ABA Rule of Law Initiative (ABA ROLI) is continuing its support of efforts by Hassania, the Moroccan judges’ association, to promote adherence to its Charter of Judicial Ethics. ABA ROLI assisted the association in formulating the charter, which was officially adopted in spring 2009 and is based on international judicial ethics standards.

Since its adoption, ABA ROLI has supported roundtables, funded by the Embassy of The Netherlands, to increase both familiarity and compliance with the rules. Participants in the first three sessions, held in Tangier, Casablanca and Agadir, have included approximately 250 judges, prosecutors, lawyers and other stakeholders within the legal system. Another seven roundtables are planned, which will continue to provide an opportunity for colleagues to share their experiences and their opinions on important issues, such as judicial independence.

Participants have been enthusiastic about the seminars and have said that the events are spreading awareness of ethical standards. They also appreciate the much-needed bridges between legal professionals. ABA ROLI and Hassania hope that these activities will promote the principles of judicial ethics and that key stakeholders, such as the Ministry of Justice and High Judicial Council, will employ the charter as a basis for interacting with judges.

To learn more about the ABA Rule of Law Initiative’s work in Morocco, contact us at rol@staff.abanet.org

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