Tsai highlights targets for judicial reform

PLAIN LANGUAGE:Courtroom transparency features in the plan, including directives to write legal documents and reference books in modern, comprehensible Chinese

Taipei Times
Date: Jul 11, 2017
By: Jonathan Chin / Staff writer, with CNA

President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) yesterday outlined the key areas of focus for

President Tsai Ing-wen, left, speaks during a meeting of the sixth preparatory committee for the National Congress on Judicial Reform held yesterday at the Presidential Office in Taipei. Photo courtesy of the Presidential Office

judicial reform, including increasing courtroom transparency, improving the selection and discipline of judges and prosecutors, bolstering judicial neutrality and professionalism, and establishing “trials with civic participation.”

Tsai made the comments at the sixth general meeting of the preparatory committee for the National Congress on Judicial Reform held at the Presidential Office, calling the items necessary to meet the public’s expectations.

“The courtroom must become more transparent by various means, including issuing verdicts that are comprehensible to the average person. The process for selecting competent judges and prosecutors and for weeding out incompetent ones must be improved. The professionalism and political neutrality of the judiciary must be bolstered. A system for civic participation in trials must be instituted,” Tsai said.

She also instructed agencies to make detailed proposals and set a clear timetable for their implementation.    [FULL  STORY]

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