Who are the civilians with judicial arrest powers?



Thu, 06 Apr 2023 - 10:08 GMT


Thu, 06 Apr 2023 - 10:08 GMT

CAIRO - 6 April 2023: Other than police officers, the law grants civilian government employees to apprehend a person upon taking an illegal action in what is defined as judicial arrest.


Article 23 of the Code of Criminal Procedures specifies two categories of public officers with warrants of judicial arrest. 


The first category is the one where officers are allowed to make an arrest only under their jurisdiction:


1- Prosecutors and their assistants.


2 - Police officers, lower-ranking tiers of the police including constables and assistants.


3 - Heads of police stations.


4 - Mayors and lower-ranking tiers in smaller areas such as sheikhs of towns and sheikhs of a group of guards in villages. 


5- Overseers and commissioners at railway stations.


The directors of governorate security and the inspectors of the General Inspection Department at the Ministry of Interior may perform the work  normally carried out by judicial arrest officers in the areas under the formers’ jurisdiction.


The second category includes those with judicial arrest powers anywhere in the country:


1- Directors and officers of the General Investigation Department at the Ministry of Interior and its branches in security directorates


2- Directors of departments and divisions, heads of offices, inspectors, officers, lower ranks of police tiers, constables, assistants, and female police researchers working in the Public Security Department and in the criminal investigation divisions of security directorates


3- Officers at the Prison Authority


4- Directors and police officers of the General Police Administration of Railways and Transportation


5- Commander and officers of the Police Camel Corps


6- Inspectors of the Ministry of Tourism


The article also stipulates that some employees may be given judicial arrest powers  within the jurisdiction of their respective jobs per a minister of justice decree in agreement with the competent minister.



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