Wed, May 28, 2003 - Page 3 News List

Parties still divided over grand justice nominees

By Fiona Lu  /  STAFF REPORTER

Judicial Yuan President Weng Yueh-sheng, left -- accompanied by Presidential Office Secretary-General Chiou I-jen, center -- yesterday visits Legislative Yuan speaker Wang Jin-pyng to seek support for his nominations.

PHOTO: LIU HSIN-TEH, TAIPEI TIMES

The legislature yesterday set a date for the first review of 15 grand justice nominees, but inter-party negotiations failed to reconcile disagreements over when legislators would confirm the appointments.

The legislature's Procedure Committee agreed that the legislative assembly will conduct its first review of the nominees on Friday.

President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) announced his nominations for the Council of Grand Justices on Monday last week. They are scheduled to take up their posts on Oct. 1.

While the government wants a swift confirmation, the opposition parties want to delay the decision until September.

PFP caucus whip Chung Shiao-ho (鍾紹和) said, "The party wants to defer the confirmation until the next session as we believe that the review of the 15 nominees must be conducted with extreme caution."

The DPP legislative caucus said that while it supports scrutinizing the nominees, "there is no reason to postpone the exercise."

"The legislative exercise should not be delayed to the next session since the Presidential Office delivered the nomination report to the Legislative Yuan last week," DPP caucus whip Chen Chi-mai (陳其邁) said. "The legislature is capable of finishing the exercise in an extended legislative session."

Legislative speaker Wang Jin-pyng (王金平) said he supported holding a confirmation vote in this legislative session.

He said that while an extension to the session of one or two weeks should provide enough time to confirm the justices, a final decision required a consensus among all the parties.

Inter-party negotiations will continue today.

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