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Egyptian’s highest appeals court suspends work
DEBKAfile November 28, 2012, 3:57 PM
Judges of the Cassation Court said they would not return to work nationwide until President Mohammed Morsi rescinded the decrees giving him nearly absolute powers.

The Court of Cassation, the only one in its category, was established in 1931 and based in Cairo. The Court of Cassation, the exclusive body atop the judicial hierarchy in Egypt, was designated with the purpose of creating a central tool to provide exclusive and uniform interpretation and application of law.

The jurisdiction of Court of Cassation basically includes consideration of challenges brought to it by either adversary or by the public prosecution.

It also includes examinating lawsuits related to judges’ actions. In such a case, the court undertakes its role as a court of merit, rather than a court of law.

It also has the power to give rulings on requests of reparations for all violated verdicts.

In its establishment in 1931, the Court of Cassation has been instrumental in entrenching solid principles and traditions on which the Judiciary has relied.

Through its numerous rulings, including those unravelling certain deficiencies in existing legilation, it has complemented the Egyptian legislative framework.

The court issues annual collections on approved judicial principles under the title “Rulings and Principles of The Court of Cassation”.

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