Women make up 28% of the judiciary

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AMMAN — Women judges make up nearly one-third of Jordan’s judiciary because of their competency and the high qualifications they command in the field, said Mohammad Al-Ghazou, head of the Jordanian Judicial Council.اضافة اعلان

“Women judges constitute 28 percent of the judicial system in Jordan,” Ghazou told Jordan News.

“Women judges have played a major role in the development of the judiciary, and have become an influential imprint in achieving and developing the goals of the judiciary,” he explained.

Ghazou pointed out that “women judges held many leadership positions, including members of the judicial council, chief of a court, public prosecutors and inspectors.”

Women and men judges, who agreed to be interviewed on condition of anonymity, said that Jordanian women judges give a bright image of Jordanian women.

Now, the goal is to let women judges be known on the global level to enable them to represent Jordan abroad.

In certain cases, such as those involving misdemeanors and juveniles, there is an important and basic role for the presence of a women judge, according to the judges.

They said a woman judge provides a feeling of reassurance and comfort for the defendants, and in the case as a whole, the judges asserted.

But not all women who are involved in the due process in Jordan are given the support needed to prove themselves domestically and abroad, despite their competency and the high qualifications they possess.

Attorney Lamees Sulaiman said: “From my experience as a lawyer, my frequent visits to the courts, and my friendship with many women lawyers and judges, I can say that the society still looks down on women and does not respect their competence or expertise.”

She explained that “there are many people who prefer the presence of a male judge, or even a male lawyer, due to their disregard for the performance of women, despite their progress and their achievements at the local and global levels.”

“If this inferior view continues to dominate our society, the percentage of Jordanian women’s representation in the judiciary will not be more than 28 percent over the coming years, and the percentage will remain at that level,” Sulaiman told Jordan News.

“I cannot say that the percentage is bad, but it should be bigger because of the competence of Jordanian women, their great distinction on various levels and their ability to lead high positions,” she explained.

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