The Turkish High Planning Council has announced its 2016 Program
("Program"). The Program addresses
economic developments worldwide, as well as reviews the progress
and objectives of the Turkish economy. Particular emphasis is
placed on increasing the accuracy of judicial decisions and
reducing the duration of judicial proceedings. The Program is
annexed to the Council of Ministers' Decree on the
Implementation, Coordination and Supervision of the 2016 Program,
published in Official Gazette number 29602 on 23 January 2016.
The Program addresses Turkey's current situation in areas
such as education, healthcare, justice system, security,
fundamental rights and freedoms, culture and art, employment and
sport. Accordingly, it outlines purposes, objectives, policies and
measures for these areas in 2016.
The present condition of Turkey's justice services is
reviewed in detail, including policies and measures. Accordingly,
establishment of the Istanbul Arbitration Center is explained and
it is noted that Regional Courts of Justice and Regional
Administrative Courts will start to serve in 20 July 2016
The primary objectives are noted as increasing the percentage of
the judicial proceedings which are concluded within a reasonable
time, along with increasing the accuracy of judgments by improving
specialization in judicial services, particularly regarding finance
Important policies and measures determined for justice services
in the Program include:
Developing and implementing legal
Determining and applying optimal
terms for proceedings and investigations, based on different
Establishing the legal aid insurance
Preparing draft legislation for class
Establishing mandatory mediation and
alternative dispute resolution methods for expeditious resolution
of labor disputes.
Forming a "judicial data
bank" to enable collection and analysis of data required for
Reducing dependency on courts during
Regulating code of conduct for the
judges and prosecutors.
Please see this link for the full text of the 2016
Program (only available in Turkish).
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