Judicial Yuan pledges to remove unfit judges

Legislators and members of the Judicial Yuan exchanged opinions on the Judges Act Amendment at a hearing

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TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The Legislative Yuan’s Judiciary and Organic Laws Committee held a hearing on Wednesday (April 24) on the proposed Judges Act Amendment that aims to remove unsuitable judges.

Judicial Yuan Secretary-General Lu Tai-lang (呂太郎) said at the hearing the Judicial Yuan will take action against unfit judges. Current laws provide an “evaluation mechanism” that gives supervising bodies the capacity to “request the Judicial Evaluation Committee to initiate an evaluation.”

The structure of this committee consists of three judges, one prosecutor, three attorneys, and four scholars and societal representatives. The four scholars and societal representatives are nominated by the Ministry of Justice and the national bar association, and then appointed by the Judicial Yuan president.

The bill is being jointly proposed by the judiciary, Executive Yuan, and Examination Yuan. It expands the pool of committee members, adding six provisional seats to ensure fairness in the evaluation process.

Democratic Progressive Party Legislator Yu Mei-nu pointed out the group performance rating mechanism, which happens every three years, has never led to an individual evaluation. This has created a perception that all judges and prosecutors are well qualified for their posts, reported Liberty Times.

According to United Daily News, there are 15 proposals made by the various political parties and individual legislators. One proposal suggests having all members of the Judicial Evaluation Committee nominated by the president of the Judicial Yuan and appointed by the president.

The Judicial Yuan opposes such a proposal, stating that such a practice could lead to the collapse of the judicial system.