AJS Representatives Consult on Process for Assessing Performance of Turkish Judges
Reddick, Malia, Judicature
In recent months, the Turkish Ministry of Justice has been studying ways to improve the current process for assessing the performance of Turkey's judges. Turkey has a career judiciary where, once judges are appointed, they serve until age 65. Judges are admitted to the profession, appointed, and promoted by an entity known as the High Council of Judges and Prosecutors, which consists of the Minister of Justice, the Undersecretary of the Ministry of Justice, three members from the Court of Cassation (the highest court for civil and criminal cases), and two members from the Council of State (the highest court for administrative cases) .
Currently, the sole ptirpo.se of assessing judicial performance is to determine whether judges of the courts of first instance should be promoted. These judges arc evaluated every two years, and the assessment process consists of three components: a certificate of standing prepared by members of die Board of" Inspection of the Ministry of Justice, a report card issued by the relevant high court on the decisions it has reviewed, and statistics on case management.
The Board of Inspection is interested in altering the assessment process to make it more objective, more comprehensive, and more transparent, and officials are looking to similar processes in other countries for guidance. Working with the United Slates Embassy and the British Embassy, the Inspection Board invited experts and judges from the L1 ni led Stales, Australia, and the United Kingdom to Ankara in July 2010 to serve as consultants. Representing the U.S. were AJS Director of Research and Programs Malia Redclick, Judge Edward Moss of the 1 7th Judicial District of Colorado and a member of the AJS National Advisory Council, and Judge Daniel Barker of the Arizona Court of Appeals. (Colorado and Arizona are two states thai are widely recognized as having exemplar)· judicial evaluation programs. …