24 of the judges appointed to the Federal courts and First Instance Courts are women
July 7, 2018
The Sixth special meeting of the Ethiopian parliament approved the appointment of 123 judges to Federal first instance and Federal Hight courts.
Federal High court gets 49 judges while Federal first instance courts get 74 judges. 8 of the new appointees to the high courts are women and 16 of the appointees to the first instance court are women.
Independence of the justice system in Ethiopia has been in question for a long time now as many Ethiopians tend to see courts rather as a sort of “legal tool.” The courts have also been criticized in connection with corruption, being a party to human rights abuses and service delivery issues. The reform measures in the sector, initiated by PM Abiy Ahmed administration, are meant to address these challenges.
The Ethiopian parliament has also named an Ombudsman. Dr. Endale Haile is the chief ombudsman. Three regional ombudsmen are also appointed today.
As well, the parliament appointed Meseret Mamo as Commissioner to Children and Women Affairs Commission. Ato Ahmed Hussein will be in charge of Semera (Afar region)office, Ato James Deng will be in charge of Gambella office, and Ato Fekadu Tadesse will be in charge of Assosa (Benshangul Gumuz region) office.
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