Shura Council members wake up
Today's GDN made me laugh... I mean, what has the whole world been screaming for all those years: a just and legal legal system.
Yes, the people of Wonderland deserve a LEGAL legal system and not the haphazard one being run here by the mafia.
"Training plan for judges
By MOHAMMED AL A'ALI
JUDGES and employees at the Public Prosecution could soon be sent for training at a specialist legal centre to be set up in Bahrain.
The plan was first unveiled by Justice Affairs Minister Dr Mohammed Al Sitri during a meeting with the Shura Council's legislative and legal affairs committee.
It was announced yesterday by committee secretary Abdulrahman Al Ghatam as Shura Council members discussed proposed changes to a law governing the country's judiciary.
"The minister has clearly said it is coming and we hope it will come soon," said Mr Al Ghatam.
He added that the idea must first go to the Cabinet for approval before the centre can go ahead.
In addition, Mr Al Ghatam said the Justice Ministry is working on a study on Bahrain's judiciary, which it plans to present to the Shura Council and parliament.
Meanwhile, Shura Coun-cillors approved changes to the Bahrain judiciary submitted by member Dr Mansoor Al Arrayedh.
Dr Al Arrayedh said a new training centre is vital to enhance Bahrain's legal system.
He added that the current selection process for judges is not efficient and said existing judges are lacking in training.
"We want judges who are capable of handling everything," he said.
"The nature of court cases has changed and they are having to deal with new kinds of cases compared to before."
Dr Al Arrayedh said changes to the law are needed to ensure that it keeps pace with reforms initiated by His Majesty King Hamad.
"Cases are not simple like before and they will continue to get complicated - especially with the development of technology," he said, referring to the emergence of technology such as bluetooth.
"A judge who was able to handle cases before might not be able to handle these new cases."
Meanwhile, Shura Council second vice-chairman Man-sour Bin Rajab said Dr Al Arrayedh's proposals are in line with the government's vision.
"The judicial system needs development - everyone knows that," he said.
"Today's cases are not just related to immorality, decency or the judges' personal opinion.
"Continuous education and training is necessary in all fields - especially one in which important decisions are made based on evidence."