The High Judicial Council has provided details on the work being done to set up and make the High Court fully operational. The HJC announces that 23 candidates have applied for 11 vacant positions in the High Court and 2 of them have been stiffed through, while the work for the verification of 21 others carries on. Through a notification, the HJC informs that” the procedures for promotion to the Supreme Court from the ranks of prominent lawyers, for three vacant positions in various fields of of law have been opened after a voluminous work for the drafting and approval of the relevant bylaws. At the end of the candidacy procedures for each of the positions, the High Judicial Council decided to propose the appointment of 3 candidates, who were appointed as judges of the High Court by decree of the President of the Republic. Meanwhile, before completing the above procedures, the Council opened the procedure for promotion to the Supreme Court, from the ranks of prominent lawyers, for another vacant position. For this position, the Council is following the procedure of verifying the legal conditions and criteria for the candidate.
The HJC further states that “In order to fill other vacancies in the High Court, the Council approved the criteria and procedures for the promotion of judges, then opening the promotion procedures for 11 vacancies, of which 4 positions in the field of administrative law, 3 positions in the field of civil law and 4 positions in the field of criminal law. 23 candidates have applied for these positions, for 21 of which, the Council has verified the fulfillment of three legal criteria for candidacy and is following the procedures for verifying the legal criteria of wealth and image, following in parallel the ethical and professional evaluation procedures. For the other 2 candidates, the verification of these criteria has been completed, the results of which will be reviewed in the next meetings. Meanwhile, for all 23 candidates, the verification of assets and background has continued, where for 2 of them this verification has been completed, the results of which will be reviewed in the next meeting. For the other 8 candidates, this process in underway, and it is expected to be reviewed in the upcoming meetings. For 6 candidates, who are subject to transitional re-evaluation (vetting), the re-evaluation bodies have been asked to treat the transitional re-evaluation procedure with priority. ”