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The Legal Framework: Disputing in, over, and outside Courts

Nathan J. Brown

in Palestinian Politics after the Oslo Accords

Published by University of California Press

Published in print March 2003 | ISBN: 9780520237629
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520937789 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520237629.003.0002
The Legal Framework: Disputing in, over, and outside Courts

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Palestinian officials initiated an impracticable situation and only made it worse for those constrained by diplomatic concerns, and who have kept the sharpest of judgments. The current Palestinian system of civil courts had its origin in the late Ottoman period and the British mandate. The remnants of that system were continued under the Egyptian administration of Gaza and the Jordanian government in the West Bank. The Palestinian court system had several levels: single-judge magistrate courts (mahakim al-sulh) stood as courts of original jurisdiction for smaller cases; multijudge district courts (al-mahakim al markaziyya or mahakim al-bidaya) were the first to hear larger cases. An appeals court heard cases from both of the lower-level courts. This court could also form a High Court that adjudicated administrative cases, chiefly those for which a state body was a party.

Keywords: Ottoman; British mandate; magistrate courts; High Court; multijudge courts

Chapter.  17648 words. 

Subjects: Asian History

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