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Moroccan Judges Reach Consensus on Agenda for Deepening Reforms

Participants conduct strategic planning with facilitator Mustapha Bouhaddou

Participants conduct strategic planning with facilitator Mustapha Bouhaddou

November 2007 

The ABA Rule of Law Initiative (ABA ROLI) recently facilitated a strategic planning retreat for the board members of the Hassania, Morocco’s judges’ association. The retreat provided an unprecedented opportunity for the board members to draft an action plan to promote Morocco’s first charter of judicial conduct. The workshop also gave the judges an opportunity to discuss the challenges they face under the current period of democratic transition in Morocco. 

Seventeen prominent judges from various regions of Morocco participated in the retreat.  Mustapha Bouhaddou, a Moroccan expert on NGO management, facilitated the discussions on the organization’s goals. During his presentation, he covered various methods for fostering communication among board members, improving the organization’s financial situation, and working with the Minister of Justice on subjects of common interest.

During the retreat, the judges also discussed ideas for securing judicial independence, fostering ethics, improving judicial training, and strengthening the administrative and organizational functions of the Hassania.  Most importantly, the judges agreed to make the implementation of a charter of judicial ethics their main priority. This objective will be the primary focus of the first of three regional ABA ROLI-sponsored Hassania roundtables to take place in the eastern city of Oujda later this year.