Tsai was speaking Saturday at the final meeting of the judicial reform preparatory committee, a body that has met over the past ten months to further the government’s agenda of reforming the justice system.
Tsai said that the committee’s meetings over the past ten months have yielded some preliminary results. She said that under the committee’s urging, the Judicial Yuan and the justice ministry have come up with specific ideas of ways to further judicial reform. These include instituting live broadcasts of court proceedings and a prosecutor evaluation system, as well as a system for supervising and removing judges.
The judicial reform committee has not arrived at a conclusion about how ordinary citizens should participate in the justice system. Both a jury system and system of lay judges are under consideration, and there is not yet agreement over which Taiwan should adopt.
However, Tsai said that the committee has reached a consensus that the existing system is inadequate and must be changed. She said that judicial reform will allow citizen judges into the courtroom.