Keelung District Court Judge Chen Chien-jen (陳子祥) issued a statement today claiming that President Tsai Ing-wen’s appointment of Professor Hsu Tzong-li (許宗力) as president of the Judicial Yuan is unconstitutional, UDN reported. Twenty-three judges have agreed with the statement.
According to Article 5 of the constitution, the chief judge is appointed for one eight-year term and cannot be reappointed to the Judicial Yuan. Hsu served as grand justice from 2003 to 2011. By law, he is considered retired as of October 1, 2011, and cannot again serve as grand justice or other posts within the Judicial Yuan.
President Tsai nominated the 60-year-old National Taiwan University professor of law to the post in September. Hsu believes his nomination is not unconstitutional because he stepped down as grand justice five years ago. He agrees, however, that a justice should not accept another judicial position within four years of the end of a term as it may create conflicts of interest.