Turkish President Signed Controversial Law On Selection Of Judges And Prosecutors
In a speedy fashion President Abdullah Gul signed into law the controversial changes to the selection of judges and prosecutors that AKP legislated in a rushed late night session of the parliament on Saturday, strengthening the opposition's claims that the president rubberstamps AKP legislations without taking time to evaluate them.
The new law is published in today’s Official Gazette and took effect as of today. According to the new law the final selection of judges and prosecutors will be determined at an interview held by ministry of justice appointed bureaucrats, after all the candidates are given a written examination.Physical appearance is among the criteria that the interviewing board will take into consideration.
The changes will also allow attorneys with five years experience to take the bench, as well as candidates who have not studied law. Candidates that hold a doctorate degree from law will be exempt from the written examination and they will be selected only on the basis of the interview by AKP bureaucrats.
AKP’s rush was to beat the deadline of December 5, set by the High Administrative Court (Danistay) that decided that recent judicial appointments made by AKP were unlawful and should be changed within 30 days (ending on December 5, 2007). With the new legislation those appointments are now validated.
Source: CNNTurk, Turkey, December 4, 2007