The DPP caucus at the Legislative Yuan said yesterday that the screening and approval of new grand justices nominated by President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) should be completed before the summer recess at the end of May, despite the fact that the opposition KMT and PFP both want to postpone the approval until September.
Caucus Secretary-General Chen Chi-mai (陳其邁) said the DPP will propose an extra meeting in late June in case the screening of grand justice nominees fails to be listed on the agenda in the coming weeks.
The new grand justices are scheduled to take office Oct. 1.
The president nominated the 15 grand justices May 19. The Constitution stipulates that the Legislative Yuan should screen the qualifications and approve the nominations.
KMT and PFP said that since the grand justices function as interpreters of the Constitution, the Legislative Yuan must be extremely prudent in the qualification screening and it is not possible to complete the task in only a couple of days.
PFP spokesman Huang Yih-jiau (黃義交) said that the KMT and the PFP have reached an agreement that the screening work must not be shadowed by "special favors" to certain individuals. The two parties have not even decided on a timetable for the screening work, he added.
Meanwhile, Legislator Su Ying-gue (蘇盈貴) of the opposition TSU said that he has arranged three public hearings on the qualifications of the nominees at the Legislative Yuan next week. In addition to many scholars and lawyers, 14 of the nominees, excluding Judicial Yuan President Weng Yueh-sheng (翁岳生), himself a nominee, have been invited to attend the hearings, Su said.