Legal Memos

Legal memos aim to draw the attention of Palestinian decision makers to violations of the law whilst highlighting the appropriate means available to enforce the law in the best possible manner in accordance with international criteria. These memos contribute effectively to MUSAWA's strategic goal to contribute to the upholding of the rule of law in the State of Palestine.


Below is an overview of most legal memos that were sent by MUSAWA. In addition the legal memos are published in our multi-annual magazine Eye on Justice, which can be found here.

Violating the Right to Access to Justice and Fair Trial Guarantees



West Bank

MUSAWA received a letter from His Excellency Public Prosecutor stating that the Public Prosecution has responded to MUSAWA’s memo by (1) giving an order to remove the announcement of Jenin’s Prosecution regarding the procedures of reviewing release requests,(2) issuing instructions for a quick handling of release-on-bail requests (on the same day), and (3) issuing an order to rehabilitate the glass partition separating the Public Prosecution’s employees and its visitors so as to ensure that visitors can communicate with the employee in an appropriate direct manner without prejudice to their dignity. The Public Prosecuto...


Tools and Mechanisms for Overcoming the Deterioration and Division within th...



West Bank

(By Legal and Technical Adviser Ibrahim Barghouthi) It goes without saying that it is essential for any political regime, built on the principles of a State of law and the flexible separation of powers (i.e. Legislative, Executive and Judicial), to include a Judicial Authority that is professional and effective. It is self-evident that building a Judicial Authority that is impartial, fair, competent, independent, effective and capable of enforcing the law equally requires that the judicial position be looked at as a social duty ...


Violating a Lawyer's Dignity and Prejudicing Fair Trial Guarantees



West Bank

On 06/12/2016, MUSAWA received an official letter from the Acting Chief Justice confirming that MUSAWA's memo, sent to him on 01/12/2016 regarding a complaint about violating a lawyer's dignity and prejudicing fair trial guarantees, was referred to the Department of Judicial Inspection so that the proper legal action would be duly taken. MUSAWA hopes that law violations stop and never be committed again in the future. Following is MUSAWA's memo: His Excellency Acting Head of the High Judicial Council/ Chief Justice Judge Imad ...



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