Ayatollah Khamenei, the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution, issued a decree wherein he appointed Hujjatul-Islam wal-Muslimin Ra’eesi as the new head of the Judicial Branch.
Stressing the need for a major change in the Judiciary Branch and a powerful onset to a new era which deservingly fits the second phase of the Revolution, the Leader of the Islamic Revolution praised Hujjatul-Islam wal-Muslimin Ra’eesi for his command of jurisprudence (fiqh), knowledge, experience, sincerity, honesty, and efficiency demonstrated in various positions of service he has been appointed to as well as his extensive experience in the Judiciary and his command of its various aspects. He highlighted these virtues as the reasons for the appointment and offered eight important recommendations addressed to the new head of the Judicial Branch.
The following is the full text of the decree:
In the Name of God, the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful,
Your excellency Hujjatul-Islam wal-Muslimin Haj Sayyid Ibrahim Ra’eesi,
The onset of the fifth decade of the revolution and the completion of forty years after the formation of the judiciary based on Fiqh and Islamic laws necessitates that relying on the experiences, achievements and guidelines that have been gained during this period of time, a change in accordance with the needs, advancements, and shortcomings be applied within the Judicial Branch, so that with fresh energy and increased motivation as well as wisdom-based discipline and management, the department of Justice vigorously starts a new era, which deservingly fits the second phase of the Revolution.
To this critical end, I have appointed you, as you have many years of experience in various levels of the Judiciary; and have a command of its various aspects. Moreover, besides your studies in Fiqh, you are a graduate in law, with relevant knowledge and expertise in this essential area, and you have proven your honesty, sincerity and efficiency in different positions you have served.
I have read the Document for Judicial Change you have proposed. Based on expert consultations and opinions, I find it useful and effective. Meanwhile, I strongly recommend you to take into consideration the following points:
.Determine a deadline for every chapter and subsequent articles in the document; and oblige yourself and your colleagues to meet the deadline. While arranging for deadlines, neither rush nor delay should be allowed.
In all the chapters of the document, you should make sure that it is applied in a democratic, revolutionary and anti-corruption fashion.
Regard the power of righteous human resource as the top factor for change and progress. Non-corrupt and honest judges represent the first and foremost condition for your success. Never hesitate to uproot corruption from within the Judiciary, which is the reason for your being esteemed and honored by the majority of the judges in the courts.
To put as top priorities on your agenda the promotion of justice, restoration of the rights of the common man and legal freedoms, as well as the supervision of the execution of the law which are among the goals of the Judiciary in the constitution. This will bring about the trust of the people and their assurance by the Judiciary in the course of events and conflicts.
To juridically confront without hesitation and compromise.
To employ righteous, revolutionary and wise young individuals in positions within the Judiciary.
To dignify the judge and the court. The sense of dignity and honor in a judge is a strong obstacle against temptation, and against factors of infiltration and deviation.
To remember cooperation and collaboration with the Executive, and the Legislative Branches, as has always been my advice. They are also bound to cooperate and collaborate with you.
In the end, I thank and honor Ayatollah Amoli for his valuable efforts, and ask God to grant you and your colleagues complete success, and supplicate to Imam Mahdi, may our souls be sacrificed for him, for his attention and prayers.
Allah’s peace and mercy be upon you
Sayyid Ali Khamenei
March 7, 2019