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Amendment to judiciary law gets Assembly nod Group approves 2014 work agenda

KUWAIT CITY, Feb 6, (KUNA): The National Assembly passed on Wednesday a bill amending law No 23 of 1990 of the judiciary authority regulation. The bill was passed unanimously in the first and the second readings, as all the 36 MPs who attended voted in its favor.

The amendment allows First Instance Court’s personal status judges who were promoted to continue at their posts after getting the promotion due to the lack of enough judges to replace them. It also allows the First Instance Court to delegate judges from the Court of Appeal to personal status department.

After voting on the law, National Assembly Speaker Marzouq Al-Ghanim closed the session and announced the coming supplementary session will be held on March 4. Meanwhile, the group in charge of liaisoning parliamentary administrative duties with overseas parliaments discussed in its annual meeting on Wednesday its work agenda, in particular endorsing its budget for fiscal 2014.

The group selected a number of MPs to run its business agenda for the upcoming parliamentary period, among them MP Saleh Ashour for the position of the treasurer and MP Jamal Al- Omar for that of secretary.

The group approved a series of reports on meetings and conferences it had abroad for the period from September 2013 to January 2014. It also approved the group’s budget and final account for the period from Jan1, 2014 to Dec 31, 2014. The National Assembly referred in its supplementary session on Wednesday the law of establishing private nurseries to the government after it was revoted on for the second reading, following its revision by the Committee of Legislative and Legal Affairs.

Parliament Speaker Marzouq Ali Al- Ghanim had decided previously not to refer the bill to the government until the completion of its draft after it was approved by 40 out of 41 MPs during the Assembly’s 22nd session last month. The first article of the private nursery law states that it is “any house established by a person or a legal entity in accordance with the provisions of this law for a specified or non-specified period of time, intended to receive children under the kindegarten age in order to achieve several purposes. “

The purposes include social childcare and the development of children’s talents and capabilities, preparing them psychologically, educationally, culturally, morally and religiously in a manner consistent with the goals of the community, as well as strengthening and developing the social ties between the nurseries and the children’s families. “The nurseries must include means to meet the needs of children in order to achieve their goals, as well as other entertainment facilities to engage in artistic activities convenient to the children’s ages.”

The second article includes the “establishment of a private nursery only after obtaining a permit from the Ministry of Social Affairs and Labor.” The executive regulations of this law address “the conditions and procedures for granting licenses, fees and financial guarantees that are required to repay the applicant, as well as the conditions for the establishment of nurseries and conducting of their business, administrative organization and supervision.” The third article of the law states that “it is permitted to establish the private nurseries in private residences, investment and commercial spaces as the executive regulations determine and control the licensing.”

Article no. 10 of the Ministry of Social Affairs and Labor granted “canceling the license if the licensed body continues to establish the nursery in violation of this law and its executive regulations despite the signing of the preset penalty in the previous article.”

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