20 February 2013

Angola: Minister Stresses Need to Review Judicial Organisation

Benguela — The judicial organisation is undergoing revision to improve the integrated system based on the sovereignty and independence of the judiciary power as well as to ensure courts greater proximity to the citizens.

The minister of Justice and Human Rights, Rui Mangueira, reiterated this at the opening ceremony of the 8th Consultative Council of the sector, running from 20-22 February in the capital of the southern Benguela province.

He said that a Commission for the Reform of Justice and Law is operating since November last year.

The Commission is assigned to review the Law on Unified System of Justice, under the decree of the head of Government.

The Commission is also tasked with review the Criminal Procedure Law, the Civil, the Civil Codes, Registration and Notary, working out a proposed on recruitment and specialised training of human resources, as well as modernisation and full introduction of information technologies in the justice sector.

With two-year working term, the Commission has the mission to develop and review other legislation considered necessary to the Angolan Judicial System Reform.

As for administrative and financial autonomy of the courts, Rui Mangueira said that the government has identified the need for an administrator decoupled from the judge figure , lacking only to promote legislative support which allows materialise the reality.

Attended the ceremony, among other figures, provincial governor of Benguela, Armando da Cruz Neto, Supreme Court Presiding Judge, Cristiano André, secretary for legal and judicial affairs of the President of Republic, Florbela Araújo.

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