Lawyers from different bar associations from all over Turkey gathered in Ankara for a consultation meeting on 29-30 June 2016 to provide their inputs in terms of needs, ideas and priorities in relation to the preparation, content and implementation of ethical norms for the Turkish judiciary.
Lawyers shared their perceptions, concerns and expectations about the status and main challenges of judicial ethics in Turkey. They could also contribute with their views and suggestions regarding how the process of drafting such code or guidelines should be structured; the main principles that should be uphold and how ethical norms should be implemented. Working closely with judges and prosecutors on a daily basis, lawyers could provide valuable insights and advice. Their inputs will provide useful contributions to the drafting of a judicial ethics code.
The meeting was part of a consultation process and being conducted in preparation for the drafting of an ethics code or guidelines for Turkish judges and prosecutors, which constitutes the main objective of the EU-Council of Europe project on strengthening judicial ethics in Turkey.