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Wed 9 Jan 2008 02:57 AM

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Women not fit to judge, say lawyers

Female judges should be restricted to the family courts, say male lawyers in Qatar.

Women are emotionally and physiologically unsuited to be judges, and should be restricted to family courts, according to a number of male lawyers in Qatar.

The views were revealed in a poll by Qatari daily The Peninsula, which canvassed opinions following the news that UAE law may soon change to allow women to become judges.
According to one lawyer women are “not geared” to fit the role since the job demands a “balanced disposition.”

Waleed Abu Nida told the The Peninsula women’s performance would be erratic, saying “it’s rare to have a female judge with a stable track record throughout her career.”

“Five months ago, a woman was appointed a judge in Egypt” he continued. “But they shouldn’t be. They are emotionally disposed which can be disadvantageous for a judge’s job.”

Lawyer Mohsen Thiyab Al Suwaidi agreed, telling the newspaper “It is entirely the male’s domain”, however conceding that there could be a role for women in the family courts.

An unnamed female lawyer slammed the comments, arguing “A judge has to base his or her decision on points of law and evidence, so where is the question of emotion and physiology?”

"In Qatar, women have proved their worth in every conceivable field, so why they shouldn't be allowed to enter the judicial profession?” she contested.

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