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Tsai to lead judicial reform in person

Introduction jury system to be top issue

Tsai to lead judicial reform in person

Tsai to lead judicial reform in person

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Democratic Progressive Party Chairwoman Tsai Ing-wen said Tuesday she would personally lead judicial reform efforts if she were elected president next January.
The opposition leader has been far ahead of her challengers in nearly all recent opinion polls for the January 16 presidential and legislative elections.
She told a delegation from four judicial associations visiting her Tuesday that since the judicial system could not reform itself automatically, it should be led by the president himself in order to book significant results.
Tsai and her top legal advisers participated in a one-hour open-door meeting with the judicial reform activists and attorneys to hear their demands and grievances about the present system.
The presidential candidate emphasized that reflecting the needs of the people should be the first priority in reforming the nation’s justice system. Reforms should end unfair verdicts, strengthen the trust of the public in the system, emphasize human rights and improve the training of judicial personnel, while providing a way out for unsuitable staff, she said.
The introduction of a foreign-style jury system should be more than just cosmetic and needed to lead to true judicial democracy. The issue would be one of the main topics of a judicial reform conference she said she wanted to call as after she was elected president. The president elected on January 16 is scheduled to be inaugurated on May 20.
As judicial affairs reached across most government departments, the president was the right person to give reform the necessary impetus and to allow all branches of the government to adopt the changes, Tsai said.