Turkey appoints new staff for top judicial body

ANKARA - Turkey`s Justice Minister and the Chairman of the Supreme Board of Judges and Prosecutors (HSYK), Bekir Bozdag has appointed five new deputy secretary-generals, one president and three vice presidents for the Inspection Board of HSYK.

The newly-appointed members will replace those who were reshuffled when a draft law to restructure HSYK, the country`s top judicial body, entered into force late Thursday.

The general board of HSYK will name the candidates for the position of the secretary general within 10 days, three weeks before the country’s local elections, and the Chairman of HSYK will appoint the secretary general from among the candidates within the next three days after the 10-day period.

President Gul approved the judiciary bill, which aims to restructure Turkey`s top judicial board that governs the affairs of judges and prosecutors, on Wednesday.

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 a board under the governance of the Justice Minister. The Justice Minister has been given the power to appoint the president and the vice president of the inspection board.

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