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Monday, May 13, 2024
The Supreme Council of the Judicial Power continues its participation in the 29th session of the International Publishing and Book Fair in Rabat, held under the high patronage of His Majesty King Mohammed VI, may God assist him, by hosting Today, Monday, May 13, 2024, a joint symposium on the topic "Moralizing Public Life: Multiple Approaches," in collaboration with the Public Prosecutor’s Office and the Court of Accounts.

In this context, Mr. Abdul Latif Tahar, a member of the Supreme Council of the Judicial Power and Chair of the Ethics Committee and the Promotion of Judicial Independence, emphasized that moralizing public life stands as a strategic priority for the state, with all its institutions being vested in this endeavor. This is evidenced by a series of principles outlined in the Kingdom's Constitution. Chapter 36, paragraph two, underscores the obligation of public authorities to prevent, in accordance with the law, any transgressions related to the operations of public administrations and bodies, the utilization of allocated funds, and the execution and management of public transactions. Moreover, Chapter 154, paragraph two, stipulates that public facilities must adhere to standards of quality, transparency, accountability, and responsibility, while their management should align with democratic principles and values enshrined in the Constitution. Additionally, Chapter 155 mandates that employees of public facilities conduct their duties in compliance with the principles of lawfulness, impartiality, transparency, integrity, and the public interest.

The speaker further explained that the Supreme Council of the Judicial Power, serving as the constitutional body overseeing the judiciary as an independent authority per Chapter 107 of the Constitution, remains actively engaged in the ongoing transformation of our nation under the wise leadership of His Majesty King Mohammed VI. As such, the Council has devised a strategic plan for its operations in the short and medium term (2021-2026), as a roadmap and action plan outlining its priorities and implementation methods. The overarching goal is to ensure the judiciary fulfills its role in fostering social and economic development, safeguarding rights and freedoms, promoting investment, and upholding the values of democracy, good governance, integrity, and transparency. The theme of moralization is prominently featured in this strategic plan adopted by the Council.

In another intervention during this session, overseen by Mr. Mohamed Zaoug, a member of the Supreme Council of the Judicial Power, Mr. Jalal Al-Adouzi, an inspector at the General Inspectorate of Judicial Affairs, affirmed that the inspectorate has been actively engaged since the enactment of the relevant law on October 3, 2021. Its activities align with the mandates outlined in this law and are in line with the objectives set forth in the Council's strategic plan, which prioritizes the promotion of integrity and transparency.

The speaker emphasized the significant role of the General Inspectorate of Judicial Affairs in the field of legal oversight, highlighting its duties as outlined in Article 10 of the relevant law. These duties include conducting central judicial inspections of the Kingdom’s courts and the Public Prosecutor’s Office; as well as coordinating, monitoring, and supervising decentralized inspections; addressing complaints and grievances referred by the President Delegate; carrying out research and investigations in disciplinary matters as directed by the President Delegate; tracking the wealth of judges on the President Delegate's commission; and assessing the wealth of judges, their spouses, and children, also commissioned by the President Delegate and with the Council's approval.

In his remarks on the role of the Public Prosecutor’s Office in moralizing public life, Mr. Saleh Tazari, the Prosecutor General of the King at the Casablanca Court of Appeal, emphasized that moralizing public life and combating financial corruption are top priorities in the criminal policy of the Kingdom of Morocco. Mr. Tazari reinforced his statement with a speech delivered by HM King Mohammed VI on the occasion of the Revolution of the King and the People in 2014, where He said, "Keeping abreast of emerging countries will only be achieved by continuing to improve the business climate, especially by advancing judicial and administrative reforms, fighting corruption, and moralizing public life, which we consider the responsibility of society as a whole."

Mr. Tazari outlined the directives from the Public Prosecutor’s Office issued through its circulars, aimed at moralizing public life, safeguarding public funds, combating corruption, tracking various corruption crimes, bolstering citizen confidence in the criminal justice system's ability to address these issues, and protecting investment and investors from negative impacts.

Mr. Hicham Makrum, President of the Regional Court of Accounts for the Casablanca-Settat region, emphasized that moralizing public life is crucial for boosting citizen confidence in their interactions with institutions and access to public services. He added that improving public life moralizes a favorable environment for sustainable investment, which generates job opportunities and significantly stimulates the economic cycle. This, in turn, aids the state in achieving its development and economic goals, while also helping citizens attain a decent standard of living.

Mr. Youssef Gholam, Deputy Prosecutor General of the King at the Regional Court of Accounts for the Casablanca-Settat region, stated that the Regional Court of Accounts is tasked with overseeing the regional courts and territorial administrations and their entities, ensuring proper management of their affairs. He noted that any violations of the applicable rules by these bodies are subject to penalties if necessary. Furthermore, he emphasized that the punitive function serves as a result and complement to the supervisory work of these financial courts, achieving a balance between judicial and non-judicial roles. This approach ensures a combination of supervisory and punitive powers, fully adhering to international standards.

In a concluding statement, Mr. Ahmed Ajaoun, Dean of the Faculty of Legal and Political Sciences at Ibn Tofail University in Kenitra, emphasized that ethics serve as the safety valve and protective shield for individuals, nations, and societies. He noted that enhancing public life is a fundamental aspect of good governance and a guarantor of integrity and transparency. This improvement, he asserted, requires an integrated, comprehensive, and multi-faceted approach, recognizing it as a societal issue.

Mr. Ajaoun highlighted that the university serves as a training ground for moralizing public life, providing a platform for discussion, dialogue, and scientific research on the topic. He mentioned that the university develops various programs addressing ethics, values, legal, and management units. Additionally, he noted that the training encompasses areas such as digitization and good governance, detailing the roles and competencies of all parties involved in public life, including judicial, administrative, supervisory, law enforcement, and other authorities.

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