The recent implementation of a system to evaluate judges will help get rid of incompetent judges and upgrade the quality of the judiciary, Judicial Yuan President Rai Hau-min (賴浩敏) said yesterday at a ceremony to mark the start of the Judge Evaluation Commission.
The evaluation system was put into practice on Jan. 6, six months after the enactment of the Judges Act (法官法), but the Judicial Yuan chose Judicial Day — Jan. 11 — to formally celebrate the start of the commission.
“The commission will assess the country’s judges by reviewing substantive facts on a case-by -case basis,” Rai said.
He said that in addition to the dismissal of judges — who have previously enjoyed lifelong tenure — he hoped the system would prompt judges to exercise discipline and reduce the number of judges who are unfit to serve.
“The most important thing for the system is to win the trust of the public,” he said.
The 11-seat commission is comprised of three judges, three attorneys, four academics and respected members of society, as well as one prosecutor.
The Judicial Yuan said if anyone involved in a court case feels a judge has violated the act, they can apply to have their case evaluated by the Taiwan Bar Association, which would then pass it to the commission after screening.
The association said it has received four cases for evaluation.