Moroccan Lawyers Call for Outlawing French Language in Courts

Rabat – The Head of the Bar Association in Rabat, Mohamed Barikou, issued a note on Monday, urging his lawyer colleagues to “dismiss all documents or files presented in the French language to every court and demand their translation in Arabic.”The note calls for lawyers in Rabat demand Arabic translations for all legal documents originally presented to the courts in French, to ensure the application of justice:“I invite you to dismiss all documents published in French language and demand for their translation in Arabic,” Barikou stressed, underscoring the application Rabat’s Administrative Court of Appeals’ latest decision, which launched on January, 31, 2018. Initially presented in June, 2017, the appeals court calls for a ban of the French language in all legal documents, describing its use by Morocco’s state institution as “illegal” and “unconstitutional, as it is not included in the country’s law.”The court also references the fifth article of Morocco’s Constitution, which recognizes Arabic as the official state language, and calls for the ban to be applied in line with a previous request conjointly made by National League of Arabic Language and former head of the Bar Association, Abderrahman Benamrou.

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