Remarks on Turkey's Judicial Reform Strategy Document

Kilic M.

INSIGHT TURKEY, vol.21, no.3, pp.31-40, 2019 (ESCI) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Editorial Material
  • Volume: 21 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 2019
  • Doi Number: 10.25253/99.2019213.03
  • Journal Name: INSIGHT TURKEY
  • Journal Indexes: Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.31-40
  • Ankara Yıldırım Beyazıt University Affiliated: No


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.