Cho Hee-dae, As soon as I take office, I will consider introducing a ‘Conditional Arrest Warrant system’

Cho Hee-dae, As soon as I take office, I will consider introducing a ‘Conditional Arrest Warrant system’

Cho Hee-dae, candidate for Chief Justice of the Supreme Court (66, 13th class of the Judicial Research and Training Institute), announced that he would immediately consider introducing a ‘conditional arrest warrant system’ when he takes office as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. While the National Assembly concluded the personnel hearing for candidate Cho on the 6th, it is expected to hold a plenary session as early as the 8th and process the appointment motion.

Candidate Cho attended the second day of hearings held at the National Assembly in Yeongdeungpo-gu, Seoul on the 6th and said, “I plan to start (improving the system) as soon as I become Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.” The conditional arrest warrant system is a system in which a warrant is issued to a suspect, but the suspect is released with conditions such as residence restrictions, and the suspect is detained only if the conditions are violated.

Cho Hee-dae, As soon as I take office, I will consider introducing a ‘Conditional Arrest Warrant system'
Cho Hee-dae, As soon as I take office, I will consider introducing a ‘Conditional Arrest Warrant system’

In response to the point that the current composition of the Supreme Court justices does not represent various classes, candidate Cho responded, “I completely agree,” and added, “Especially since the election system (recommendation system for the chief justice) has been introduced, women are rarely elected as chief justice.”

Since the motion to appoint a candidate for the Supreme Court is decided with a majority vote with the attendance of a majority of registered members, it can only be passed in the plenary session if the Democratic Party, which holds a majority of the seats, agrees. An official from the Democratic Party of Korea’s floor leadership said, “We plan to hold an extraordinary National Assembly session as soon as possible to process it,” and added, “It will be submitted to the plenary session as early as the 8th, but considering the remaining schedules such as the special committee meeting, it may be pushed back.” A Democratic Party official said, “No major flaws were identified in the personnel hearing process, so I don’t think there will be any difficulty in passing the appointment motion.”

If Candidate Cho is appointed, the Supreme Court Chief Justice vacuum that lasted for more than two months following the retirement of former Supreme Court Chief Justice Kim Myeong-soo on September 24th of this year will be resolved.

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