Britain to help develop Bahrain’s judiciary
London, July 8, 2012
Britain has offered to help Bahrain develop its judicial system and protect people from speeches inciting violence, hatred and sectarianism.
This came during talks between Justice, Islamic Affairs and Endowments Minister Shaikh Khalid bin Ali Al Khalifa and Britain's Justice Secretary Kenneth Clarke who underlined Britain's keenness to boost co-operation with the kingdom's Justice Ministry, and historical bilateral relations and their progress.
Shaikh Khalid also met Attorney General Dominic Grieve and discussed with him co-operation in the legal field as well as legislative and administrative procedures followed to protect the rights of victims, witnesses and experts.
Meanwhile, British Mena Affairs Minister Alistair Burt expressed the British government's satisfaction at progress of reforms in Bahrain and reiterated support to the kingdom's efforts in this regard.
Shaikh Khalid also met members of the House of Commons from the Bahrain All Party Group.
During the trip, the Justice Minister visited the British Supreme Court where he met senior judges Lord Phillips and Lord Hope and was briefed on the work culture of the court. Discussions also focused on means of enhancing legal and judicial co-operation.
Shaikh Khalid also visited the Mercantile Court in London where he met its director-general who presented a detailed account on the court's jurisdiction, the judicial process involved and technological means used in handling cases.
The minister visited the centre in charge of settling civil disputes and was briefed about its services. He reviewed Bahrain's experience with the Bahrain Chamber for Dispute Resolution.
The Justice Minister also met the Prisons Inspector General and representatives of non-governmental organisations. – TradeArabia News Service