Egypt's Administrative Court is due to rule on Tuesday on a case against President Mohamed Morsi's dismissal of Mubarak-era prosecutor-general Abdel-Meguid Mahmoud last November.
The case seeks to revoke Morsi's decision on the argument that the removal was unconstitutional, unlawful and had bypassed the judiciary. They also demand the removal of the Morsi-appointed successor, Talaat Abdullah.
Under the Egyptian legal system, it is by judicial decree that the prosecutor-general can be dismissed – the president is not given that authority to do so.
President Morsi, however, dismissed the prosecutor-general within the context of a legislative void, via a highly controversial constitutional declaration.
After Egypt's People's Assembly (lower house of parliament) was ruled unconstitutional and disbanded, President Morsi issued a constitutional declaration in November 2012. He used the controversial decree to make several strong political moves, including dismissing the country's prosecutor-general and replacing him with Talaat Abdullah.