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JBA may stop attending House meetings if its suggestions are ignored

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A view of the interior of the Jordan Bar Association. (Photo: Wesam Sawalqa)

AMMAN — The new amendments to the Implementation Law and to the Penal Code seem to have started a conflict between the Lower House of Representatives and the Jordan Bar Association (JBA), which said that it might stop participating the Lower House Legal Committee meetings if it continues to ignore the association’s proposals on draft bills.اضافة اعلان

JBA Secretary Khaldoun Nsour told Jordan News that the association “does not accept to have merely a nominal presence at the meetings of the Lower House Legal Committee, which does not take any of the proposals made by the association, whether through written or oral notes, into consideration”.

He stressed that “the association will follow certain legal procedures to deal with the amendments, with the aim of preserving the Constitution and stopping the rush to pass amendments in a way that harms the country and the public”.

“At the same time, we are ready to communicate with the House of Representatives to reach solutions that satisfy both parties in the event that new amendments are only implemented in new cases, not those that are still in force,” he added.

Nsour pointed out that despite the association’s rejection of the two draft laws, “it submitted proposals in the hope of reaching mutually acceptable solutions, given that the association is supportive of the work of the Lower House Legal Committee”.

He said that the association “did not agree to the draft laws because the amendments are not in place or implemented at the right time”, that “the association is neither for nor against imprisoning debtors”, and that a lawyer is hired by the two parties, but, at the same time, the “legislation should not be biased in favor of one party at the expense of another”.

Member of the JBA board Adel Tarawneh told Jordan News that the amendments to the Penal Code are fine, “as the temporal and legal development calls for such amendments”.

He added that checks are no longer working as they were in the past, “rather, they have recently become a credit tool”, and that “the alternatives to money are now numerous”.

As for dropping the personal right claim, Tarawneh stressed that “it is in the interest of the society”.

He also said that “the current Implementation Law is perfectly capable to achieve justice”, and “the alternative penalties suggested, such as the travel ban, do not work”.

“There are other alternatives that may be useful than those that were suggested; the most prominent is preventing the criminal from conducting transactions”, he said, adding that the authority of the state is enforced by the issuance of judgments that are duly implemented, “so what is the benefit of issuing judgments without implementing them?”

Member of the Lower House Legal Committee Habes Al-Shabeeb told Jordan News that “the committee studied all the legal aspects before submitting the amendments to the House of Representatives, which voted on these amendments”.

He said that “these amendments will benefit all parties”, and stressed that they are fundamental and dictated by the “current developments”, and that “the committee took the proposals of the bar association in a logical and balanced way”.

The main goal of the JBA is to exercise its members’ profession, he said, “but they must also take into account the general situation of the country, especially that prisons cost the state a large budget and that there are a large number of inmates in prisons”.

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