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China Times: When will Judge Act pass legislature?

China Times: When will Judge Act pass legislature?

Reports that three judges and one prosecutor were detained in connection with bribery Tuesday sent shock waves through Taiwan and tarnished the image of the country's judiciary once again.
Pundits familiar with the judiciary system said they were not surprised by the reports, as high court judges, whose rulings play a vital role in determining the final results of cases, are most vulnerable to the temptation to sell their souls.
However, it is impossible for the three corrupt senior judges to cover the tracks of their corruption completely, and their colleagues and administrative superiors who ignored it by accident or design -- which is connivance by default -- should be scrutinized by public opinion. The public cannot but believe that a system that allows a group of black sheep to run wild without being found out should be shaken up completely.
There are so many reasons contributing to the corruption of the judiciary that they cannot all be covered in a single editorial. But an immediate reason is the lack of a mechanism to retire unqualified judges.
For example, the three disgraced judges were reported to be leading lives unbecoming to government officials and should therefore be disbarred even if they have not flouted the law.
But under the current system, there is no way to deprive them of their posts and a draft Judge Act that would close the gap has been bogged down in the legislature for years because of political reasons.
In order to rebuild public confidence in the judiciary, the Legislative Yuan should pass the Judge Act as soon as possible.
(Abstract of China Times editorial, July 16, 2010) (By Maubo Chang)




Updated : 2021-04-11 11:24 GMT+08:00