Supreme Court justices to be appointed by president after selection

Taiwan will soon institute a new way of selecting Supreme Court justices. The National Conference on Judicial Reform approved a proposal on Monday which gives the president the right to choose appointees from a pool of selected candidates. That process will be used to appoint both Supreme Court and the Supreme Administrative Court justices.

The president of Taiwan's top judicial body � the Judicial Yuan � will first choose a pool of candidates that is three times the number needed. A selection committee will then narrow that down to two times the number of openings. They will then present that list to the president who will select and appoint the new justices.

Some have criticized the new system saying that it means the justices will be political appointees. But the convener of the judicial reform process, Lin Tzu-yi, said that's not the case.

At the meeting today, some said not to use the word 'appointment' as it could lead to a misunderstanding," Lin said. "However, we think appointment is a way of [naming justices]. The public should pay attention to the members of the selection committee. It is a committee made up of people from various professions and all walks of life. Democratically elected representatives will also be included, such as lawmakers.

Lin said that in the future, Supreme Court justices will not have fixed terms, but will be required to retire at the age of 70.

Source: Radio Taiwan International