Dutch Muslim attorneys should also rise for judge

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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]

3 Comments To This Article

  • tony posted:

    on 10th September 2008, 13:52:28 - Reply

    here we go again, give immigrants an cm and they want a kilometre, softly softly, bend over backwards to accommodate, after giving them a better life, it is human nature to take over, especially cultures were it is dog eat dog, so middle class niaeve people, read some reality books, suckers!!!!
  • Unity posted:

    on 10th September 2008, 11:38:59 - Reply

    One principle must be maintained. Expections will turn order into chaos, remember the number of sects is growing and not reducing.
  • Neshat Aqlan posted:

    on 10th September 2008, 11:38:16 - Reply


    From one Muslim to another "PLEASE GO GET A LIFE!"

    I think this lawyer has taken it a bit far. I am also a Muslim and I see no problem in rising to show respect for a person. Rising is a form of respect, as shaking hands with someone. A form of recognizing the other persons hard work and/ or social level.

    I pose this question to the lawyer, why is it when you see the King of Saudi Arabia or Sheiks of Gulf Countries people their lower counter parts kiss them or kiss their hands? Why is it when an elderly man walks in a room all those younger then him stand up to shake his hand and greet him? Why does this make it any different in the Netherlands, is it because the said person is not Muslim?

    I can not see a difference, and if you would remark because she/ he is Muslim then you are racist and have no place in the Dutch society period!

    Please we have enough agitators in this country who spread negative images, do not be another Ali B!

    From one Muslim to another!

    For those who read this article I hope you do not pass judgment on us for one persons urological stance!