Thursday, March 09, 2006

Few women in Legal Service: FWLD

Kathmandu, March 9- A recent survey conducted by the Forum for Women, Law and Development (FWLD) revealed that women's representation is nil in the gazetted senior class, first class and second class of the legal services of the government such as in the Supreme Court, Appellate Courts, Judicial Service Group, Government Attorney, the FWLD said in a press release on Wednesday.

Only nine per cent of women serve as judges in the Supreme Court, while Appellate Courts does not have any representation of women judges and District Courts have only 2.5 per cent of women judges.

Women officers in the Department of Law and the Department of Judicial Service occupy only three per cent and four per cent seats respectively, without any representation in the gazetted first class.

Only two per cent of women occupy the post of government attorneys, only four per cent of women are senior advocates, and seven per cent are women advocates. Of total advocates, only one per cent women are advocates.

Citing the low representation of women in the legal service and to bring out effective and result-oriented programmes to increase their representation, the FWLD submitted its appeal to the Prime Minister's Office, Chief Justice, Judicial Council, Attorney-General, Ministry of Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs, Nepal Bar Council, Nepal Bar Association, Public Service Commission and other concerned authorities.

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