On Thursday, 13 August 2015, PCHR concluded the first training course for young lawyers in litigation before Sharia courts this year. The 18-hour training course was held in Laterna restaurant in Gaza City from 09 to 13 August 2015 and was attended by 34 lawyers.
The program of the training course addressed a number of topics: Sharia jurisdiction, Sharia procedural law, the Personal Status Law, family law, inheritance law, and practical procedures to file a case (alimony, dowry, child custody, judicial separation, and calling wives to the ‘house of obedience’).
A team of specialized trainers in PCHR supervised the training, including Ms. Hanan Matar, and Mr. Samir Hasania, lawyers at PCHR’s Woman Unit. Moreover, from outside PCHR, Saeed Abu Al-Jabeen, a judge at High Sharia Court, and Salah Hashish, a judge at High Sharia Court, participated as well.
At the end of the course, PCHR organized a concluding ceremony, where the participants received certificates.
Mr. Bassam al-Aqra’, Director of PCHR’s Training Unit, delivered a concluding speech emphasizing the deep relationship between the lawyers and human rights since a lawyer and a human rights defender has a common characteristic which is raising the voice of victims and helping them to get their rights. At the end of his speech, al- Aqra’ called upon the lawyers not to hesitate to come to PCHR to get what they need, especially that PCHR has a rich library in the fields of law, human rights, and woman’s rights, and PCHR lawyers have great experience in the field of law and personal status cases.
Mr. Samir Hasania, a lawyer at PCHR’s Woman Unit, explained that this kind of courses targets young lawyers in the field of litigation before Sharia courts especially that lawyers who are interested in litigation before Sharia courts have to pass the exam to get license to practice the legal profession before Sharia courts. The training course program is designed to help lawyers pass the exam.
The participants praised PCHR’s distinctive role to disseminate the human rights culture, and the rule of law among young lawyers. Moreover, they emphasized that the course is characterized by its rich topics that will have a positive impact on their professional level in a way that would help them easily understand the Personal Status Law and have positive effects on women’s conditions. In addition, they appreciated the efficiency of the trainers and their use of diverse and interactive training methods. They added that active participation and discussion during the training sessions had enriched the course.
It should be noted that this course is part of a project funded by European Union (EU) titled “Promoting Human Rights and Having Freedom of Access to Information in the Gaza Strip.”