Sun, Dec 14, 2003 - Page 2 News List

Judicial Yuan to merge national legal examinations

By Jimmy Chuang  /  STAFF REPORTER

Taiwan's bar examination and the national examinations for prosecutors and judges will be merged in the next two years.

Merging the three exams is part of the Judicial Yuan's judicial reform project started in 1999. According to the Judicial Yuan's plan, judges will in the future be selected by senior judges from local senior prosecutors or competent lawyers.

The Examination Yuan completed the draft proposal for the merged examination last Friday and will submit it to the Legislative Yuan for final approval to become law. It was scheduled to become effective on Jan. 1, 2005.

"We hoped that this new mechanism can help us select proper candidates to fill vacancies for prosecutors, judges and lawyers," said Chu Wu-hsien (朱武獻), the secretary-general of the Examination Yuan.

According to the draft of the new exam, it will be divided into three parts.

The first and second parts of the exam will be writing tests and the third an oral test.

Those who fail the first part will not be allowed to complete the rest of the exam. Participants who fail the second part will not be able to take the third part. Examinees who hope to become lawyers will not have to pass the oral exam. Lawyers who take the exam to become prosecutors or judges will be allowed to skip the first part of the exam.

Chu said that participants for the new national exam must be ROC citizens older than 20 years of age with law degrees from any foreign or domestic colleges or universities recognized by the Ministry of Education.

The first part of the exam will be multiple choice questions on the Constitution, the Criminal Code, the Civil Code and various laws. The second part of the exam will require essays on the same subjects.

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