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Qatar, Jordan to expand judicial cooperation

By JT - Feb 04,2014 - Last updated at Feb 04,2014

AMMAN — Qatar wants to benefit from Jordan’s experience in enhancing the judicial system to facilitate litigation procedures, a senior Qatari official said on Tuesday.

During meetings with Prime Minister Abdullah Ensour, Justice Minister Bassam Talhouni and Judicial Council President Hisham Tal, Chairman of Qatar’s Supreme Judicial Council Masoud Ameri expressed his admiration of the Justice Ministry’s efforts to enhance the legal system and the technical advancements it has adopted to ease court procedures.

Ameri said Qatar’s “future judges” programme, which was inspired by Jordan’s judicial reform projects, has proved successful, the Jordan News Agency, Petra, reported.

Last week, the Justice Ministry announced a three-year strategy to speed up court proceedings and fully automate the judiciary.

The 2014-2016 strategy will also develop the Justice Ministry to become an efficient institute that will support the independence of the judiciary and strengthen society’s faith in the judicial system, according to Talhouni.

In addition, the strategy aims at drafting policies and modern legislative initiatives, and safeguarding the legal rights and freedoms of citizens.

During his meeting with Ensour on Tuesday, Ameri invited the premier to visit Qatar on behalf of Qatari Prime Minister Sheikh Abdullah Bin Nasser Al Thani, stressing that Jordanian-Qatari ties are “flawless”, Petra reported.

Ensour said Jordanian-Qatari relations have reached this level under the continuous support of His Majesty King Abdullah and Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani, adding that there is further room to expand cooperation.  

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