Turkish appeals court head uneasy with top court changes

The head of the Supreme Court of Appeals presented a report to both Gül and Şahin expressing an adverse reaction to upcoming changes to the structure of the Constitutional Court.

Turkish appeals court head uneasy with top court changes

World Bulletin / News Desk

The head of the Supreme Court of Appeals presented a report to both President Abdullah Gül and Speaker of Parliament Mehmet Ali Şahin expressing an adverse reaction to upcoming changes to the structure of the Constitutional Court.

Hasan Gerçeker, who had a 40-minute meeting with Şahin, expressed discomfort with the bill on the structure of the Constitutional Court and presented his views regarding it. He also said the request for a meeting came from him. However, Şahin also stated that he would send the report to Parliament's Constitutional Commission, which will review the bill.

With the changes approved in the Sept. 12 referendum last year, the Constitutional Court will now have the power to overturn decisions by the Supreme Court of Appeals and the Council of State.

Gerçeker had told the media recently that when the Constitutional Court is given the authority to hear cases from individual applicants -- as opposed to its current structure where only political parties represented in Parliament, the president, chief prosecutors of high courts, the parliament speaker, the chief of General Staff and state officials of similar rank can apply to the court -- the court will turn into a new appeals court with increased powers.

Gerçeker had also said they had earlier shared with the public and relevant public offices a report on the possible consequences of allowing applications from individuals to the Constitutional Court.


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