Justice minister addresses Turkey-EU Parliamentary Committee meeting

Ergin said the government planned to initiate a process to draft a new constitution after general elections scheduled for June this year.

Justice minister addresses Turkey-EU Parliamentary Committee meeting

Turkish Justice Minister Sadullah Ergin on Monday participated in a meeting of the Turkey-EU Joint Parliamentary Committee, held in Turkey's southern province of Hatay.

Delivering a speech at the meeting, Ergin said Turkey was taking measures to reform its higher judicial system with a view introduce regional appeals courts to reduce the number of cases awaiting verdict at the country's two top judicial bodies, the Supreme Court of Appeals and the Council of State, the highest administrative court in Turkey.

"The basic problem of the Turkish judicial system is that it is too slow. The number of cases closed at the Supreme Court of Appeals due to statute of limitations in 2010 only reached around 20 thousand. Cases pile up 25-30 percent each year with an annual 1.9 million. The same also holds true for the Council of State. And now, we are working on the introduction of nine regional appeals courts to reduce those numbers," Ergin said.

Separately, Ergin said the government also planned to initiate a process to draft a new constitution after general elections scheduled for June this year.

"I hope we could re-claim an opportunity for reconciliation in the debate over a new constitution, a chance which we have missed back in 2008," Ergin said.

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