Turkey's Justice Minister Tunç has declared that a series of judicial reforms are in progress to fast-track legal processes and put an end to protracted trials. This announcement comes amid anticipations of the reforms being rolled out within January, speculation fuelled by the upcoming elections. The minister underlined that the preparatory meetings for these reforms are scheduled to be wrapped up by December's end.
67-Article Judicial Reform Package
A comprehensive 67-article judicial reform package is currently being developed by the Ministry. This package, expected to be introduced in the Parliament soon, will consist of provisions previously nullified by the Constitutional Court. The crux of these reforms focusses on heightening the efficiency of legal proceedings and reducing their duration.
Controversial Visits to Detained Individuals
The report also sheds light on the case of Seçil Erzan, who, during her initial 37 days of detention, was visited by a contingent of 12 lawyers, a notary, and two friends on 38 occasions. One of the visitors, interestingly, was the legal representative of a complainant in Erzan's case. This lawyer had earlier captured a photograph of Nazlı Can, suspected of involvement in a money delivery operation, and later produced this as evidence during the investigation.
Global Judicial Highlights
In other judicial news, the Colorado Supreme Court is reviewing the applicability of Section 3 of the Fourteenth Amendment to former President Trump's role in triggering the Capitol Siege. The House Intelligence Committee has unveiled a package to reform and reauthorize the nation’s warrantless surveillance powers, addressing Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. The Philippines is taking steps to alleviate jail and prison overcrowding, with Chief Justice Alexander G Gesmundo pushing for improved jail management and swift justice. The Taliban's takeover of Afghanistan's Independent Bar Association, stripping thousands of lawyers of their licenses, has sparked international concern over the fairness of criminal trials under the Taliban's new judicial system.