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Committee set up to examine prosecutors

Committee set up to examine prosecutors

Taipei, Jan. 9 (CNA) The Ministry of Justice (MOJ) has established a committee to examine suspected prosecutor misbehavior in a systematic way and build public trust in the judicial system, Justice Minister Tseng Yung-Fu said Monday. According to the Ministry of Justice, the evaluation committee will examine prosecutors who violate regulations in individual cases, and it also has the authority to initiate the process to punish rules violators or get rid of prosecutors who are no longer qualified for the position. The minister explained that in the past, the MOJ itself would investigate and discipline prosecutors who violated regulations and laws, but it was hard to convince the public of the legitimacy of the process because the investigation was run internally. The cases of some prosecutors suspected of being involved in illegal behavior would now be handed over to the committee, he said. Speaking at the ceremony to launch the committee, Judicial Yuan President Rai Hau-min said the "self-discipline" of Taiwan's judges and prosecutors seemed inadequate, making it necessary to establish an evaluation system to supervise prosecutors. The committee members will be selected based on the Judges Act and consist of three prosecutors, one judge, three lawyers and four people who are either legal scholars or people with high degrees of public trust. The Legislative Yuan approved the Judges Act last year, which Rai described as a new milestone for judicial reform. A similar committee has been established to examine suspected judge misbehavior according to the Judges Act. (By Huang Yi-han and Nell Shen)


Updated : 2021-08-01 19:59 GMT+08:00