17 named to organize judicial reform conferences

The Presidential Office on Monday published a list of 17 members of a committee that will organize national conferences on reforming the nation’s judicial system.

The committee, convened by President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文), is called the Presidential Office Organizing Committee for National Conferences on Judicial Reforms.

Since taking office in May, Tsai and her administration have vowed to carry out sweeping judicial reforms that include eliminating corrupt judges and restoring public trust in the country’s court system.

Judicial Yuan President Hsu Tzong-li (許宗力) and Academia Sinica research fellow Chiu Hei-yuan (瞿海源) will be co-conveners of the committee, according to the Presidential Office.

Other members of the committee include Justice Minister Chiu Tai-san (邱太三), Professor Nigel N.T. Li (李念祖) of Soochow University; Hsu Yu-hsiu (許玉秀), a former justice of the Constitutional Court; Lin Tzu-yi (林子儀), director of Academia Sinica’s Institutum Iurisprudentiae; and Lo Ping-cheng (羅秉成), chairman of the Legal Aid Foundation.

Publishers Ho Fei-peng (何飛鵬) and Liang Yung-huang (梁永煌), academics Huang Hsiu-tuan (黃秀端), Yang Yun-hua (楊雲驊) and Tsai Hsiu-chuan (蔡秀涓), Taiwan Futures Exchange Chairman Liu Lien-yu (劉連煜), Hearing-Impaired Association adviser Lee Chen-hui (李振輝) and renewable energy expert Kao Ju-ping (高如萍) are also on the list.

An unusual member, representing victims’ families, is Claire Wang (王婉諭), the mother of a young girl who was killed in an apparently random attack in Taipei in March.

The national conferences will deal with such issues as people’s participation in the trial and sentencing process; the recruitment, supervision and retirement of judges; and tougher monitoring of practicing lawyers whose ethics has been widely questioned.

The move to reform Taiwan’s judicial system comes at a time when public opinion polls have consistently indicated widespread distrust of the system and enforcement officers working within the system.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel

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