Personal data are of fundamental importance in the management of judicial documents and proceedings, and is in line with the role assigned by the Constitution to the magistrate in the protection of rights and freedoms, said the first president of the Court of Cassation, vice-president on Thursday in Rabat. of the Superior Council of the Judiciary (CSPJ), Mohamed Abdennabaoui.
Speaking at the opening of a study day organized by the CSPJ, the Presidency of the Public Prosecutor, the Institution of the Ombudsman of the Kingdom and the National Commission for the Control of Personal Data Protection (CNDP), on institutional coordination and the protection of personal data , felt that this meeting constitutes an opportunity for the CSPJ and its partners to deepen the legislation on data protection, as well as to “develop coherent visions to ensure judicial services while protecting personal data”.
The Kingdom attaches great importance to the protection of people’s privacy and related rights, becoming the first Arab, African and Muslim country to be accredited at the International Conference of Commissioners for Data Protection and Privacy, and this during the 33rd session held in Mexico City in November 2011, Abdennabaoui said.
He also recalled that Morocco adhered to Convention no. 108 of the Council of Europe on 28 May 2019, in addition to having adopted Law 53.21 this year, approving the protocol amending this Convention, done in Strasbourg on 10 October 2018.
The CSPJ participates, together with the Presidency of the Public Prosecutor’s Office, the Mediator of the Kingdom and the CNDP, in this coordination action with a view to a fruitful collaboration in order to establish a good governance of the public service and guarantee sufficient protection of personal data. . he noted.
Mr. Abdennabaoui also highlighted the High Royal Guidelines in relation to this topic, contained in the royal speeches, in particular the royal speech of August 20, 2019 which set priorities for the Special Commission on the development model.
Good governance of public services is one of the indicators adopted by developed countries as an essential component of the rule of law and institutions and translates into its implementation the proof of the level of democracy achieved by societies, he estimated.
And to add that the CSPJ has dedicated, in its 2021-2026 strategic plan, a main axis to improving the efficiency of the judicial system, with the aim of promoting the quality of judicial services, in particular through the treatment of trials and ” execution of sentences within a reasonable time, the elimination of cases not definitively judged, the strengthening of the trust of the parties involved in the judicial system and the achievement of judicial security through the publication of judicial jurisprudence.
It is also about working for the improvement of legal decisions, with the aim of promoting a relationship between the citizen and the CSPJ based on listening and mutual respect, and which is based on a governance of the public service and on an application of the measures necessary for the protection of personal data.
With a view to implementing these strategic guidelines, the CSPJ has carried out various initiatives, including the issue of circulars relating to the means to guarantee judicial efficiency and the improvement of the reception conditions of the applicants, in addition to the publication on its website. electronic system of over 8,000 judgments of the Court of Cassation, with public access and free of charge.
These efforts aim to contribute to achieving judicial security and improving judicial services, which is the very essence of judicial public service governance, Abdennabaoui said.
The public service, in particular the judiciary, processes an enormous amount of personal data every day, which have a direct link with the private life of citizens, which is the most important right protected by the Constitution and the law, he specified, adding that consequently, the preservation of the secrecy of such data and their treatment in a precise and adequate manner constitute essential rules for the governance of the public service, without forgetting the imperative to ensure the rigorous implementation of the relevant legal provisions.
This meeting, which was attended by experts, representatives of the Ministry of Justice and various constitutional bodies and institutions and civil society actors, is part of the collaboration between the Superior Council of the Judiciary, the Presidency of the Public Prosecutor’s Office, the Institution and the Mediator of the Kingdom and the CNDP in order to consecrate the government and the protection of personal data according to a unitary vision.
The participants in the meeting focused on the study of a series of issues related to the protection of personal data, through two axes: Data in relation to the approach to governance and the strengthening of the protection of such data.