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Remarks on Turkey’s Judicial Reform Strategy Document

The Judicial Reform Strategy Document, which was announced to the public on May 30, 2019, is the third of Turkey’s reform documents aiming for structural transformation in judicial justice. This document perpetuates the political vision adopted by the previous reform documents of 2009 and 2015 to align with the EU acquis communautaire. The document, which was completed after almost a year of work by the Turkish Ministry of Justice with active participation of various stakeholders, structures the reform perspective on the enlargement of rights and freedoms, the European Union perspective, and the principle of trust in the judiciary. This paper discusses and evaluates the key elements of the reform strategy document.

Remarks on Turkey s Judicial Reform Strategy Document
Justice is the basis of governance, phrase glistens within a Turkish courtroom hearlding in the essence of the newly declared Judicial Reform Strategy. KEMAL KARADAĞ / AA Photo
 

Introduction

On May 30, 2019, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan announced the Judicial Reform Strategy Document, the third of Turkey’s structural reform documents in the field of justice. The document with the motto of “reassuring justice,” was prepared by the Ministry of Justice after nearly a year of collaborative work with various stakeholders including the Supreme Court, the Union of Turkish Bar Associations, bar associations, law faculties, civil society organizations, academicians, judges, prosecutors, and lawyers.1 Thus, unlike the preparation processes of the previous documents, this document has been laid out on the basis of more comprehensive consultations and broader participation.

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