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Oman : Basic Law governs all.

Shaikh Abdulmalik bin Abdullah Khalili, Minister of Justice, has said that the Ministry of Justice does not have a legislation of its own, but acts within the framework of the Basic Law of the State. In an interview to Oman, Arabic sister daily of the Observer, Al Khalili said that the Renaissance shuttled the Sultanate from backwardness to the orbit of advanced nations. The country now boasts a full range of modern institutions that continue to evolve in the interest of the citizens, including the Ministry of Justice, said Al Khalili.

In reply to a question, the minister pointed out that Royal Decree No 10/2012 did not cancel the role of the Justice Ministry, but transferred one speciality that the ministry had been practising in lieu of the new Administrative Council while it was being founded. Asked to comment on the fact that, in some countries, the Ministry of Justice undertakes the job of sorting out files of corruption, illegal gain and illegal property, Al Khalili said that the Ministry of Justice works within the structure of a legal system emanating from the Basic Law of the State and that neither the Ministry of Justice, nor any other government unit has a legislative authority to undertake responsibility except within the institutional framework defined for it and within the context of the law and the vision of the Council of Ministers. Hence, the ministry has not been stripped of its prerogatives, said Al Khalili, noting that the ministry supervises 52 reconciliation committees and 60 notary public departments, as well as the affairs of advocates. The ministry also has monitoring prerogatives as it appoints judicial inspectors, said Al Khalili.

Answering another question, Al Khalili said that that the Justice Ministry attached importance to Omanisation, but the Omanisation of advocates should be taken gradually, while the notary public departments also suffer a shortage in staff.

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Title Annotation:Ministry of Justice
Publication:Mena Report
Article Type:Interview
Geographic Code:7OMAN
Date:Jul 21, 2012
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