Dutch Muslim attorneys should also rise for judge
Dutch Justice Minister says rising when a judge enters a court room is a common way to show respect for the court and no exceptions should be made.10 September 2008
THE HAGUE -- All Dutch attorneys, including Muslims, should rise when a judge enters a court room, Dutch Justice Minister Ernst Hirsch Ballin told Dutch parliament on Tuesday.
Ballin said the Dutch Council for Jurisprudence felt that rising for a judge is "the common way to show respect for the court and legal authority".
The minister was responding to a question posed by legislator Henk Kamp, who inquired about a news report which said a Rotterdam court had made an agreement with a Muslim attorney that he could remain seated when a judge enters the courtroom.
Mohammed Enait, who was sworn in as an attorney in August, said his religion prohibited him from rising for other people. Enait has remained seated as the judge entered.
Last week, the Rotterdam court decided that although the behavioral code requires attorneys to rise when a judge enters the court, exceptions could be made "in extraordinary situations" such as that of Enait.
Ballin told parliament that the Dutch Council for Jurisprudence would inform all involved parties of its position that no exceptions could be made.
[dpa / Expatica]