JU­DI­CIAL RE­FORM SHIFTS INTO HIGH GEAR IN TAI­WAN

Manila Times - - WORLD REPORT - TAI­WAN TO­DAY

Tai­wan Pres­i­dent Tsai Ing-wen said re­cently all gov­ern­ment agen­cies in­volved in ju­di­cial re­form have been in­structed to com­mu­ni­cate the lat­est devel­op­ments so as to keep the pub­lic fully in­formed as the process moves into the next stage. “Key re­form is­sues must be ex­plained in lan­guage un­der­stand­able to the peo­ple so there is a clear grasp of the process,” Tsai said. For is­sues on which there is a high level of pub­lic con­sen­sus, agen­cies must fast-track im­ple­men­ta­tion of mea­sures to meet the ex­pec­ta­tions of the peo­ple be­fore the na­tional congress takes place in the mid­dle of the year, she added.Main is­sues in­clude: the need to bet­ter pro­tect the rights of vic­tims of crime and the dis­ad­van­taged, with fo­cuses like main­tain­ing se­crecy of in­ves­ti­ga­tion; pro­mot­ing a cred­i­ble, fair and pro­fes­sional ju­di­cial sys­tem; ju­di­cial ac­count­abil­ity and ef­fi­ciency where ef­forts will be di­rected at rais­ing the stan­dard of self-mon­i­tor­ing, im­prov­ing the ex­ist­ing mech­a­nism for elim­i­nat­ing in­ef­fi­cient ju­di­cial of­fi­cers, re­in­forc­ing ex­ter­nal as­sess­ment and su­per­vi­sion, and strength­en­ing pro­fes­sional ethics and so­cial re­spon­si­bil­i­ties of lawyers; pro­mot­ing ju­di­cial trans­parency and pub­lic par­tic­i­pa­tion, with at­ten­tion cen­tered on en­hanc­ing com­mu­ni­ca­tion and di­a­logue be­tween the ju­di­cial sys­tem and the peo­ple; and main­tain­ing so­cial se­cu­rity.

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