The Supreme Judicial Council is scheduled to meet next Sunday in Algiers to decide on the movement of reshuffle in the judiciary, which has been in limbo for several months now, due to the restive political situation besetting the country and the unprecedented changes witnessed by the justice sector after Mr. Belkacem Zeghmati assumed the portfolio of the Ministry of Justice and declared all-out war on the corruption scourge.
The projected reshuffle movement is expected to include about 2,000 judges out of 6,000, including public prosecutors, court presidents, court judges, judges of administrative courts and those of judicial councils.
This movement, according to the initial echoes, will be the largest since the country’s independence and comes in the midst of the sectoral reforms announced by the Minister of Justice Belkacem. Zeghmati since assuming the portfolio of the Ministry of Justice, as the latter witnessed a sustained flurry of activity with the opening of myriad files of corruption in an unprecedented move, which made Algerian citizens really feel this time the independence and rigor of the country’s judiciary, especially in light of the ongoing investigation with ministers, businessmen, senior officials and deputies.
The meeting of the Supreme Judicial Council comes at a time when it is expected to overhaul the Basic Law of the Judiciary and the organic law governing the work of the Supreme Judicial Council, as well as addressing a raft of social and professional demands, especially those related to the review of judges’ wages, a demand that the relevant union seeks to achieve as early as possible.
In a recent encounter with members of the Trade Union’s office, the Minister of Justice and Keeper of the Seals Mr. Belkacem Zeghmati, pledged to set up a working group consisting of executive directors from the ministry as well as members of the union’s executive office to discuss ways to amend the legal mechanisms and texts governing the salaries of judges.
Meanwhile, in a telephone conversation with “Echorouk” Wednesday, the President of the Magistrates’ Union, Mr. Saâd Mabrouk, stated that the meeting of the Supreme Council of the Judiciary will decide on the planned reshuffle movement, which has been on the backburner for months after the completion of the annual revamping of the electoral lists.