France says to help Jordan reform court system

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France is to send legal experts to Jordan to help the kingdom overhaul its court system, French Justice Minister Michele Alliot-Marie said on Sunday after talks with King Abdullah II.

Sunday's talks in Amman focused on ways to enhance legal cooperation between France and Jordan, whose court system is largely based on French law, a palace statement said.

Alliot-Marie told reporters after the meeting that the two countries "will work together to strengthen the Jordanian court system." She added that France will soon dispatch legal experts to the kingdom as part of the initiative.

"Jordan and France will examine each other's ... civil, commercial and criminal laws and see how to bring certain laws closer in order to meet common concerns and requirements," the French minister said.

The palace statement quoted the king as telling Alliot-Marie at the meeting that Jordan and France, who signed a protocol on joint legal cooperation last year, "have the potential to further improve bilateral legal and legislative ties."

Alliot-Marie arrived in Amman on Saturday and addressed the Institute of Judiciary. She also held talks with Prime Minister Samir Rifai.

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