No Election of New Judges and Court Presidents during Double Elections Process

During the parliamentary and presidential elections process, there will be no election of new judges and court presidents, while dismissals of judges will be put on hold.

That decision was made with six votes in favour and three against by the Judicial Council on Wednesday. Those against consider that courts are facing a lack of judges to begin with, while if a judge does unscrupulous work, they need to be dismissed right away, instead of after the elections.

Those in favour, on the other hand, pointed out that the Court’s practice for years had been to put elections and dismissals of judges during the election process on hold in order to avoid creating a perception among the public that they were corrupt.

The Council should elect two members of its. However, at the next session, members will decide whether that decision, too, will be made in the post-election period.