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Chief disciplinary commissioner named to head supreme court

Chief disciplinary commissioner named to head supreme court

Head of Commission on the Disciplinary Sanctions of Functionaries Yang Jen-shou was appointed to the helm of the supreme court, according to the Judicial Yuan's press release Thursday.
With a long string of judicial credentials, Yang, 65, was originally intended by President Chen Shui-bian to lead the Judicial Yuan, as the tenure of eight incumbent grand justices is due to expire at the end of September.
But Yang asked Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng days ago to tell Chen to remove his name from the list of grand justice nominees after a law scholar challenged Yang's qualifications.
As the Constitution limits all grand justices to one eight-year term and Yang had been a grand justice between 2003 and 2006, a National Taiwan University law professor argued Yang is not qualified to head the Judicial Yuan.
Chen, who just returned from a three-nation trip to Central America late Wednesday night, named Yang to the supreme court instead.
Yang had been a judge for district, high and supreme courts, Judicial Yuan secretary-general, grand justice before taking up his current post. He is expected to succeed incumbent supreme court chief Wu Chi-ping, who is due to retire September 12.


Updated : 2021-04-13 06:04 GMT+08:00