A new generation of judges will join Moroccan courts on Monday, December 3, following their graduation ceremony.
Rabat – New Moroccan judges from “Group 43” have taken courses in Tamazight (Berber) for the first time in the country, in line with the Justice Ministry’s preparations of an official Tamazight alphabet.
In addition to Tamazight, the judges have received professional digitization training to prepare them for online courtrooms in the near future, such as accessing and participating in hearings remotely via video.
At the ceremony, justice minister Mohamed Aujjar stated that the new judges are “fortunate” to be part of an independent judicial force in the current technology age to pave the way for the integration and success of digital justice by 2022 in Morocco’s judicial system.
The president of the Prosecutor General’s Office, Mohamed Abdennabaoui, pointed out that the profession of a judge is a “dangerous” one and “not for anyone” because judges must maintain high ethics, confidence, and keep an eye on the latest legal updates and developments.
The ceremony, which took place at the higher institute of the magistracy, was attended by the first president of the Court of Cassation, Mustapha Fares, who said that the aspirations of the Moroccan society rest on the shoulders of the new generation of judges.
The new graduates will enter the next stage of practical training on Monday before assuming their roles officially.
Tamazight in schools and administrative institutions
For Tamazight’s better integration into Morocco’s education system, the government presented draft laws 26.16 and 04.16.
The first law relates to the integration of Tamazight into national education and administrative institutions and the second to the National Council for the Languages and Culture of Morocco to protect and develop both Arabic and Tamazight.
The number of primary school children studying Tamazight in the current academic year has increased to 600,000, according to the secretary of state at the Ministry of National Education, Higher Education, and Scientific Research, Khalid Samadi.
Head of Government Saad Eddine El Othmani has repeatedly stressed on the use of Tamazight alongside Arabic as the two official languages of the country, in essential documents such as contracts, ID cards, passports, drivers’ licenses, and banknotes.
El Othmani repeatedly asserted the need to use only Arabic and Tamazight in official documents instead of foreign languages, such as French, but noted the administrations’ “lack of consideration” of the government’s calls.