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Rabat’s Bar Association says court documents must be written in Arabic

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All documents presented to courts in Morocco must be translated from French to Arabic, insisted the head of the Moroccan Bar Association in Rabat in a letter sent to lawyers Monday, said Anadolu news agency.

The letter published on Monday, 16th of April, on the Rabat Bar Association’s facebook page and signed by Mohamed Barigou calls the nation’s lawyers to «reject the use in court of all documents written in French».

«This comes in response to a January ruling by the Court of Appeals confirming the illegality of the use of French by the Moroccan administration,» said the same letter.

Morocco’s 2011 Constitution acknowledges Arabic and Berber as the two official languages in the country without making reference to French. The latter is highly used for administrative and financial documents.

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