Back to the complete issue
Sunday, 26 November 2017

Supreme Administrative Court allows challenge to constitutionality of Judicial Authorities Act

The Supreme Administrative Court allowed yesterday a lawsuit to go forward that challenges the constitutionality of the recently amended Judicial Authorities Act, which they claim gives the executive branch power over judicial appointments that blurs the separation of the executive and judicial arms of government. The suit was filed by lower court judges, Al Shorouk reports. The court’s decision is in line with a report from the State Commissioners Authority alleging that the act infringes on the constitutionally guaranteed independence of the judicial branch of government. Two judges with the Council of State (Maglis El Dawla) and State Lawsuits Authority, Yehia El Dakroury and Mohamed Mady, had filed formal appeals against presidential decrees that they claimed bypassed them as nominees to become the new heads of their respective judicial bodies. President Abdel Fattah El Sisi had appointed Hussein Abdo Hamza as Chairman of the State Lawsuits Authority and Ahmed Aboul Azm as head of the Council of State earlier this year. The Council of State had presented El Dakroury as its sole nominee for the post in protest of the Judicial Authorities Act, which requires the courts to submit three nominees for the president to consider.

Enterprise is a daily publication of Enterprise Ventures LLC, an Egyptian limited liability company (commercial register 83594), and a subsidiary of Inktank Communications. Summaries are intended for guidance only and are provided on an as-is basis; kindly refer to the source article in its original language prior to undertaking any action. Neither Enterprise Ventures nor its staff assume any responsibility or liability for the accuracy of the information contained in this publication, whether in the form of summaries or analysis. © 2022 Enterprise Ventures LLC.

Enterprise is available without charge thanks to the generous support of HSBC Egypt (tax ID: 204-901-715), the leading corporate and retail lender in Egypt; EFG Hermes (tax ID: 200-178-385), the leading financial services corporation in frontier emerging markets; SODIC (tax ID: 212-168-002), a leading Egyptian real estate developer; SomaBay (tax ID: 204-903-300), our Red Sea holiday partner; Infinity (tax ID: 474-939-359), the ultimate way to power cities, industries, and homes directly from nature right here in Egypt; CIRA (tax ID: 200-069-608), the leading providers of K-12 and higher level education in Egypt; Orascom Construction (tax ID: 229-988-806), the leading construction and engineering company building infrastructure in Egypt and abroad; Moharram & Partners (tax ID: 616-112-459), the leading public policy and government affairs partner; Palm Hills Developments (tax ID: 432-737-014), a leading developer of commercial and residential properties; Mashreq (tax ID: 204-898-862), the MENA region’s leading homegrown personal and digital bank; Industrial Development Group (IDG) (tax ID:266-965-253), the leading builder of industrial parks in Egypt; Hassan Allam Properties (tax ID:  553-096-567), one of Egypt’s most prominent and leading builders; and Saleh, Barsoum & Abdel Aziz (tax ID: 220-002-827), the leading audit, tax and accounting firm in Egypt.