CULLING JUDGES:A proposal to drastically reduce the number of Supreme Court and Supreme Administrative Court judges was not run past the Presidential Office first
Date: Apr 27, 2017
By: Jason Pan / Staff reporter
The Presidential Office yesterday said it was not consulted before the preparatory
committee for the National Congress on Judicial Reform decided to drastically reduce the number of Supreme Court judges and give the president the power to appoint judges without legislative approval.
“President Tsai [Ing-wen (蔡英文)] has always supported judicial independence. Her resolve and stated position on this matter need not be questioned,” Presidential Office spokesman Sidney Lin (林鶴明) said.
Tsai serves as the convener of the committee and there are five sub-committees.