Turkish Constitutional Court rescinds Justice Minister powers- UPDATED

The Justice Minister's powers on judicial assignments was found to be against the constitution.

Turkish Constitutional Court rescinds Justice Minister powers- UPDATED

World Bulletin/News Desk

The Turkish Constitutional court Friday partly rescinded the new law on the Supreme Council of Judges and Prosecutors (HSYK) which Parliament passed in January.

The Constitutional Court found that the article in law giving powers to the Justice Minister was unconstitutional.

The bill, approved by President Abdullah Gul in February, transferred some of the powers of the HSYK to its chairman, the Justice Minister.

However, the Constitutional Court rejected the demand from Turkish main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) for the cancellation of the Justice Minister's power over the Turkish Justice Academy.

Turkish Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag said he does not agree with the Constitutional Court's repeals of certain articles of the controversial new judicial law, but the government will abide by its decision.

“The Constitutional Court cannot undo decisions. The changes made till now are valid,” said Bozdag.

"The regulation we have prepared is a regulation that conforms with the constitution. The constitutional court's cancellation decision has not changed my opinion. But of course we will abide by the court's decision," Bozdag told reporters.

The law allows Turkey’s government to have more control in the training of judges by transferring their training from the judicial board to the Turkish Justice Academy.

The HSYK is the top body in charge of the assignments of judges and prosecutors. HSYK also acts as a high court in investigations towards all judicial staff.


Güncelleme Tarihi: 11 Nisan 2014, 16:58