President Chen Shui-bian Friday unveiled eight grand justice nominees, who are expected to take office at the beginning of October if they manage to secure majority approval from the opposition-controlled Legislature.
Incumbent Grand Justice Lai In-jaw, who is on friendly terms with ruling and opposition parties, is named to succeed outgoing Judicial Yuan President Weng Yueh-sheng, administration sources said.
Weng is due to retire at the end of September in keeping with a constitutional amendment that limits all grand justices to one eight-year term. Lai, 61, appointed a grant justice in 2003, may serve till 2011.
Grand Justice Hsieh Tsay-chuan, 63, is named as vice president of the Judicial Yuan, the nation's highest judiciary organization with the Council Grand Justices as its main body.
The Council of Grand Justices, with 15 members including Judicial Yuan president and vice president, interprets the Constitution and unifies the interpretation of laws and ordinances.
The Presidential Office turned over the list of nominees the Legislature at 6pm, in the hope the body will give its priority to the matter after lawmakers return from the summer recess next month.
Lai, who earned his doctoral degree from Harvard University, worked as senior advisor to the president and vice premier after the Democratic Progressive Party swept into power in May 2000. He served as grand justice, vice minister of finance and deputy provincial governor under the former Kuomintang administration.
The eight nominees are Yeh Sai-ying, Lin Hsi-yao, Chih Chi-ming, Tsai Chin-yao, Liu Hsin-yi, Lee Cheng-san, Hsu Chih-hsiung, Yeh Jiunn-rong.