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President set to nominate four Constitutional Court justices

President set to nominate four Constitutional Court justices

Taipei, April 22 (CNA) President Ma Ying-jeou on Thursday will name four nominees to serve as justices of the Constitutional Court, as the eight-year term of four of the 15 incumbent justices will expire on Sept. 30, said a source close to the president Wednesday. The president's nominees are expected to be Huang Horng-shya (???), the first female lawyer ever named as a candidate for the Constitutional Court; Wu Chen-huan (???), the deputy minister of justice and a state prosecutor for 31 years; Tsai Ming-cheng (???), a former dean of the College of Law at National Taiwan University; and Lin Jyun-yi (???), president of the Shilin District Court, the source said. Huang is a practicing lawyer and an activist for women's rights, Wu has extensive experience in prosecution, Tsai is an expert in Civil Law and Intellectual Property Law, and Lin is an expert in criminal law procedures. Pending legislative approval of their nomination, the four justices will be sworn in for an eight-year term after the incumbents retire on Sept. 30. The Constitutional Court, consisting of 15 justices, is responsible for the interpretation of the Constitution and other statutes and regulations. It also has the power to rule on any impeachment of the president or vice president. The terms of the Constitutional Court justices are staggered so that they do not all expire at the same time. (By Kelven Huang and Maubo Chang)


Updated : 2021-09-17 11:49 GMT+08:00