Turkey's president approves law on judiciary

Gul approved a law changing the structure of Turkey's Supreme Board of Judges and Prosecuters. The judiciary bill will give the government more say in the naming of judges and prosecutors.

Turkey's president approves law on judiciary

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Turkish President Abdullah Gul approved a law changing the structure of Turkey's Supreme Board of Judges and Prosecuters (HSYK), his office said on Wednesday.

According to the law, the authority of HSYK to sent judges and prosecutors to abroad - except whom are working in centre and rural institutions, in international institutions and courts or duty in different institutions, councils or organizations - was removed.

The removed article was offering to increase the condition of serving as supreme court member for four years to eight years for being elected as chief public prosecutor of the supreme court.

The article was also offering to increase the condition of serving as supreme court member for three years to six year for being elected as deputy chief public prosecutor of the supreme court.

The assignment of judges and prosecutors to foreign missions, international courts or institutions will be done by Ministry of Justice.

Gul said he had studied the judiciary bill during its passage through parliament and warned the justice minister about 15 points which he regarded as anti-constitutional. He said these elements had been addressed in revisions to the draft.

"After the correction of these clear violations, I found it more appropriate for the law to be published and for the Constitutional Court to assess the other articles of the law which are subject to pro and con arguments," he said in a statement issued by his office.

The main opposition CHP party is expected to file a challenge to the law at the Constitutional Court, seeking its annulment.

 

Güncelleme Tarihi: 26 Şubat 2014, 13:04
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