The Tunisian Association of Women Judges (TAWJ) Hosted a Webinar About Providing Access to Justice During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Faced with an epidemic affecting the whole world, justice, an essential pillar of any democratic society, found itself in the inevitable search for a balance between endangering fundamental rights and freedoms due to the total paralysis of the judicial system and the necessary fulfillment of its public service mission despite the constraints linked to the health crisis.

The spread of the COVID-19 epidemic and the accompanying health imperatives have resulted in the brutal arrest of a large majority of jurisdictional activities in Tunisia. This judgment comes on top of the inherent difficulties plaguing the Tunisian judicial system. Several polemics arise very quickly and in an increased way on the questions of the legislation exception in a period of confinement and the decline in the rule of law, the reduced activity of the courts, the new state criminal policy, the difficulties of daily litigants, the stocks of accumulating cases and delays.

To answer these questions and others, notably the continuity of the activity of the Courts during the confinement period, the Tunisian Association of Women Judges organized a webinar to:

  • Allow practitioners to discuss their practices and the adaptation of their jurisdictions, respective to the constraints of the pandemic
  • Allow the review of government measures taken for justice, to draw all the likely consequences of the lessons
  • Review in-depth how the Courts operate and how they adapt to an exceptional legislative framework

The webinar took place on two general axes:

  • Criminal justice in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Civil justice in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic

The audience was strongly encouraged to ask questions and deepen the live debate via the Facebook pages of the Tunisian Association of Women Judges and the Hans Seidel Foundation.

A video recording of the webinar in Arabic is available here.

This blog post was prepared by IAWJ Board Member, Saida Chebili. The views presented in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the views of the IAWJ.