Turkey's CHP Party to re-appeal over judiciary law
Thursday, February 27, 2014
ANKARA - Turkey`s main opposition party, the Republican People`s Party (CHP) will file another appeal to Turkey’s Constitutional Court to annul the newly-adopted draft law that aims to restructure the country`s top judicial body.
The law was published in the Official Gazette earlier on Thursday after its ratification by Turkey’s President Abdullah Gul.
Group Deputy Chairman of CHP Akif Hamzacebi will file the appeal early Friday, the press office of the party confirmed on Thursday.
CHP appealed to the Constitutional Court on February 19 for the abolishment of the newly-passed Supreme Board of Judges and Prosecutors (HSYK) bill, which has caused tension between Turkey`s leading political parties.
On Feb 21, the Constitutional Court rejected the first appeal from the main opposition party, saying that it was not yet published in the Official Gazette.
Gul approved the judiciary bill on Wednesday which aims to restructure the judicial board that governs the affairs of judges and prosecutors. Gul signed the bill into law and said that the Constitutional Court will review the controversial points.
The newly-approved bill will transfer some of the powers of the country`s top judicial body - known as the HSYK - to its chairman, Turkey’s justice minister.
It also allows Turkey’s government to have more control in the training of judicial officials by transferring the training activities from the judicial board to the Turkish Justice Academy, whose members will be chosen by the Justice Ministry.
In addition, the law gives more rights to the Justice Minister over the judicial body, and allows the undersecretary of the Ministry of Justice to be elected as Chairman to the HSYK.
The HSYK Inspection Council now operates on behalf of the board under the governance of the Justice Minister. The Justice Minister will be given the power to appoint the president and the vice president of the inspection board.
In addition, the existing tenures of the secretary general, deputy secretary-generals, inspection board presidents, and inspection board vice-presidents, inspectors, investigating judges, and administrative staff will end. New holders of these positions will be appointed by Turkey’s justice minister within 10 days, three weeks before the country’s local elections.
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