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Taipei City: Judicial Yuan to form special team to monitor integrity

Judicial Yuan President Rai Hau-min speaks to the media yesterday saying that his agency will form a paparazzi-like team to monitor judicial personnel...

Judicial Yuan President Rai Hau-min speaks to the media yesterday saying that his agency will form a paparazzi-like team to monitor judicial personnel...

Judicial Yuan President Rai Hau-min said yesterday his agency will form a paparazzi-like team to monitor judicial personnel suspected of unethical or unlawful behavior as part of its efforts to bolster public trust in the judiciary.

"We will follow the lead of the Ministry of Justice (MOJ) in setting up a special task force to monitor judges with less-than-ideal reputations, controversial or complex relationships and abnormal work-attendance records, " Rai said in his first informal gathering with the media since assuming office Oct. 13.

According to Rai, the MOJ has long been operating a self-correction program under which the ministry assigns staff members to probe behavior of prosecutors and investigators under its jurisdiction who are suspected of irregularities.

"The exposure of some judges involved in collective bribery has prompted us to think about the necessity of following suit and exercising stricter self-discipline to win back public trust in our court system and in judicial integrity," said Rai, a veteran lawyer.

The Judicial Yuan will also regularly publish the names of people who curry favor with judges or other judicial personnel, Rai added.

"The list will be published once every three months. It is a precautionary measure, because lobbying could be a precursor to law-breaking dealings," he explained.

According to Judicial Yuan data, courts at various levels recorded four lobbying cases in the first 10 months of this year.