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Taiwan justice crashes, rotten & stinky judiciary shakes the nation to the core;  
won Taiwan in WEF 17/18 


 pic. right: No.1 "Taiwan judiciary" on Bing, at 2023-7-17, 2023-5-28, 2023-4-15, 11-20-2020, 9-5-2020;  No.2 "Taiwan judiciary" on Bing, 2022-12-20, 2022-3-24, 2021-5-11; No.3 "Taiwan judiciary" on Bing, 2023-2-19; No.2 "Taiwan judiciary" on Yandex of Russia, 2023-4-15, 2022-12-20

pic. : No.1 "Taiwan judiciary" on Yandex Russia, 2023-5-28 , 2022-3-24, 2022-1-12, 2021-9-13; No.2 at 2023-7-17

ic. : No.2 "Taiwan judiciary" on Swisscows of Switzerland, 2023-6-22


TaiwanPlus, 2023-3-6: Taiwan Poll Finds Widespread Public Mistrust of Prosecutors /  msn.com/en-us/news/opinion/taiwan-poll-finds-widespread-public-mistrust-of-prosecutors-taiwanplus-news/vi-AA18glWE


National ChungCheng University (ccu.edu),   2023-2-13: study found the percentage of Taiwanese trust in the judges is 32.8%.


China Times, 2023-7-30: Taiwan vice president Lai Ching-te says there is a long long way to go before the legal reform satisfying the public.  In 2019, Mr. Lai said the legal reform will be half way done if we can eliminate rotten and illegal judges and prosecutors.  chinatimes.com/opinion/20230730002752-262101?chdtv


United Daily, 2023-7-18: Many judgments follow directions from the ruling party  udn.com/news/story/7338/7307107?from=udn_ch2cate6643sub7338_pulldownmenu_v2


United Daily, 2023-7-17: Tens of thousands joined a protest in Taipei, their main demand was to express dissatisfaction with judiciary and housing price. the KMT's Hou You-yi says judicial reform is an empty shell, Terry Guo says both policy are "bad checks", Dr. Ko Wen-je of Taiwan People's Party says the public do not trust our legal system.  udn.com/news/story/123619/7304940?from=udn_ch2cate6638sub123619_pulldownmenu_v2


China Times ( 中時),  2023-2-18: Since Tsai Ing-wen was elected as president, her influence has penetrated into the judicial system, the admin. has directed the judiciary what and how to do.  Most of Taiwan's presidents were graduated from law school, but only to exploit the law and abuse their power...  (台灣領導人多數是學法出身,卻被視為玩法弄權者,成民主毒瘤)  chinatimes.com/opinion/20230217003946-262101?chdtv


  United Daily , editorial , 2023-5-24 : After taking office since 2016, the ruling party has completely controlled over the personnel of the judiciary and other independent agencies, repeatedly intervening in particular cases, and constantly creating unconstitutional and illegal cases. A number of resolutions of the judicial reform meeting so far have no follow-up .  After midterm election's defeat, grass-roots everywhere voiced dissatisfactions.  The public don't trust justice - The law enforcement gov. covered up the power and rich, saw the other way as black-gold and corruption returned, instead, frequently refer those criticized the government to justice, The Social Order Maintenance Act, which the DPP advocated to abolish while in opposition, has now become a sharp weapon to suppress people's freedom of speechudn.com/news/story/7338/7185987?from=udn-catehotnews_ch2


  United Daily , editorial , 2023-8-21 : Taiwan's judiciary is inactive in major cases, but gives heavy penalties to minor cases /  The public's long-standing mistrust of the judiciary lies in wanton abuses of enforcement power, very doubtful measurements of penalties or unclear standards by the prosecutor/judges, too light or too heavy of the judgments; e.g., the prosecutors did nothing to a NT$  billions suspected cases - HsinChu City Baseball Court, but gave 12-years sentence to a NT$8000 case.   udn.com/news/story/7338/7382647?from=udn_ch2_menu_v2_main_cate


  China Times, editorial , 2023-4-10 an anti-corruption union is what Taiwan needs, KMT earns public trust on anti-corruption issue?  ...The vaccine procurement case involving huge profits is full of doubts, but the prosecutors and investigation gov. don't even touch it !  chinatimes.com/opinion/20230410004586-262101?chdtv
  United Daily, 2023-4-1 Taiwan judiciary suppresses the opposition, lets go the ruling party (打壓在野黨 輕縱執政黨 司法想當鷹犬?)  udn.com/news/story/11091/7072002?from=udn_ch2cate6643sub11091_pulldownmenu_v2
  United Daily, 2023-4-23 Taipei chief prosecutor steps down for low degree of adaptability (on HsinChu city mayor Ann Kao's case), disappointing the top rankingSome other prosecutors did good job on major political cases got promotion.  udn.com/news/story/7338/7116838?from=udn_ch2cate6643sub7338_pulldownmenu_v2


  United Daily (聯合報 社 評), editorial,  2023-6-1, 2023-5-30: President Tsai Ing-wen usually selects grand justice by their  political stance ; It's almost certain that all 15 grand justices will be Tsai's faction.  In the future any constitutional interpretation (釋憲案) must be biased.  udn.com/news/story/11091/7201189?from=udn-catehotnews_ch2   udn.com/news/story/7338/7204383?from=udn-catehotnews_ch2


United Daily (聯合報 社 評), editorial, 2023-1-12 : The courthouse is still a business run by the ruling party   udn.com/news/story/11091/6906767?from=udn_ch2cate6643sub11091_pulldownmenu_v2


 US Country Reports on Human Rights Practices released at 2022-4-12 (state.gov/reports/2021-country-reports-on-human-rights-practices/taiwan/):

nthe Ministry of Justice and the Judicial Yuan referred six officials to the Control Yuan for criminal investigation, including former minister of justice Tseng Yung-fu, former prosecutor general Wu Ying-chao, and two others for investigation of noncriminal misconduct, including Supreme Administrative Court judge..., the Judicial Yuan referred six former judges to the Control Yuan for investigation of noncriminal misconduct.  the Ministry of Justice investigated 77 other incumbent and former judicial and law enforcement officials implicated in similar behavior with the same businessperson.
na senior investigator of the Ministry of Justice's Investigation Bureau was indicted for corruption for allegedly profiting from the sale of narcotics worth more than 168 million New Taiwan dollars ($5.6 million) seized in law enforcement investigations over eight years.
nIn 2020 presidential and legislative elections, President Tsai Ing-wen won re-election,...there were allegations of vote buying by candidates and supporters of both major political parties.



pic.: No.1 "Taiwan prosecutors" on Bing,
2023-5-28, 2023-4-15


pic. :
No.1 "Taiwan prosecutors" on Yandex of Russia, 2023-5-28;

No.1 "Taiwan's prosecutors" on Yandex of Russia, 2023-5-28, No.2 at 2023-4-15;  No.1 "Taiwan's prosecutors" on Yandex of Russia, 2022-1-12, 2021-9-1



  China Times, editorial, 2022-12-25:  After Taiwan's ruling party drubbed in midterm election, in a review DPP held for its loss, the grassroots reported that (1) black gold (2) the judiciary loses the public trust (3) too many fraud and criminal (murder or killing) cases are main factors     chinatimes.com/opinion/20221225002471-262101?chdtv


  China Times, editorial, 2022-11-16:  After the Democratic Progressive Party came to power, the judiciary is willing to degenerate under the selective handling of cases. As long as the case is related to the ruling party, the legal system would delay judging it or concluding it, or even tried to overturn the case through retrial. chinatimes.com/opinion/20221116005059-262101?chdtv


  FTV news (民視 ftvnews.com.tw/video/detail/EZGVKONcl4I  ), 2022-12-17: Taipei city mayor Ko: I still hope that the judiciary is the last line of defense of the country, so far it has not met this standard (希望司法是國家最後一道防線,到目前為止還沒有達到這個標準).  Expert:   Justice is not the last line of defense for social justice.  The judiciary has no way to convince Taiwanese people. All signs of judicial reform are gone. Prosecutors might be self-restricting (自我限縮) themselves depending who the suspect is (Varies from person to person).  The variables are too big for us to believe.  Many judges and prosecutors transfer their job to be a lawyer, rising the question that - is judging or investigation working well ? The current judges and prosecutors are their juniors, the field of judiciary still "respect" the ethics.  In today's Taiwan, the clients usually do not ask which lawyer is more capable or more experienced, but ask whether or not the lawyer is familiar with judges and prosecutors. They are all talking about relationships and connections! Taiwan's judicial reform will never work !   資深媒體人吳國棟


  National ChungCheng University, 2022-2-14: study found 2/3 Taiwanese are not satisfied with the quality of judgment of criminal cases  deptcrc.ccu.edu.tw/index.php?option=module&lang=cht&task=pageinfo&id=432&index=1


  United Daily, editorial (udn.com/news/story/11091/6060260?from=udn_ch2cate6643sub11091_pulldownmenu_v2), 2022-1-25 : More people suffered fear from invisible and delicate social control and threats by DPP government' flank and judiciary (prosecutor, police) ... (檢警司法恐嚇,相比蔣家統治的線民監控,更細膩無形)


  United Daily, editorial, 2022-5-15 : The Five Powers (legislative, judiciary, administrative, supervision, examination) have been firmly in control by Taiwan's president, the executive power guides the judiciary from time to time, lawmakers and Control Yuan intend to interfere the judiciary, the judiciary is self-destructing...  udn.com/news/story/7338/6313776?from=udn-catehotnews_ch2


  China Times, editorial, 2022-7-16: The DPP exonerates the crime of former president Chen by using political means has brought shame to Taiwan's judiciary, making the darkest day in Taiwan's judicial history.  DPP will be happy because since then there's no law to control paying bribes.  chinatimes.com/opinion/20220715003419-262101?chdtv


Transparency International, Germany /  Global Corruption Barometer, released in 2022 -
comparisons among main Asian countries
the percentage of Taiwanese paying a bribe to judges or magistrates is
 higher than that in China, Japan, Malaysia


people who think
 is a big problem
public service
 paid a bribe
in the previous
 12 months
police gov.
in previous
Taiwan 90% 17% 67% 19% 20% 15% 38%
Japan 84 2 10 7 26 6 36
Malaysia 71 13 30 28 16 12 20
China 62 28 16 18 18 13 39
S Korea 55 10 8 26 42 24 17

  China Times, editorial, 2022-3-24: Law Firm was being searched by the prosecutor ! The rights of lawyers have been violated!  A press conference urges Taiwan's prosecutors not to cross the red line, not to infringe upon the democracy, human rights, and rule of law.  Judicial reform is one of the loudest slogans since President Tsai I. W. took office 6 years ago.  The biggest change so far of the judicial reform is that political correctness becomes the most important thing in handling legal cases.  The "corruption & smuggling cigarettes" case (chinatimes.com/newspapers/20210612000418-260106?chdtv) by Taiwan Presidential Office's national safety guard turning into a "overbought" case is an example.   (chinatimes.com/opinion/20220323004844-262101?chdtv)


  United Daily, 2022-6-5 : Since 2014 till last year, according to National ChungCheng University (中正大學犯罪研究中心) studies, no matter DPP(民進黨) or KMT(國民黨) taking office,  the public trust on judges has been low (about 30-%) Taiwan's president holds both executive power and judicial power, which violates the basic principles of separation of powers and judicial independence in a democratic countryTherefore,  Article 77 of the Constitution should be abolished.   udn.com/news/story/121823/6363179?from=udn_ch2cate6643sub121823_pulldownmenu_v2  


yUSA Country Reports on Human Rights practices,  2021-3-30:  Some political commentators and academics, however, publicly questioned the impartiality of judges and prosecutors involved in high profile, politically sensitive cases.
★  The Liberty Times, 2021-6-18, editorial : Taiwan president Tsia I. W.'s optimization of government focused on judicial reform, which she stated frankly is still distant from public expectations. ( https://talk.ltn.com.tw/article/paper/1455453 蔡總統對於優化政府體制,另特別著墨在司法改革上,她坦言司改的成果,和人民的期待「還有一段距離」)

★  UDN, 2021-10-14: In the past 5 years, public trust on Taiwan's judiciary is lower and lower, 83.8% of the public don't know the philosophies or measures for judicial reform.   Taiwan president Tsai I. W. ate her words and avoided "judicial reform" issue in her National Birthday speech.


★  China Times, editorial,  2021-10-14: Taiwan's judiciary should not be an accomplice for the stranglehold on freedom of speech.  chinatimes.com/opinion/20211011003202-262101?chdtv

★  UDN, 2021-2-26:  The results of a  satisfaction survey conducted  by National Chung Cheng University  on public security shows  2.5% poll respondents are "very satisfied" with "judges fairly and impartially conduct trials of criminal cases"  , 24.2% are "satisfied",   41.9% are "unsatisfied", and 31.3% are "very unsatisfied".



FTV: Taiwan's bigeest judicial scandel of the century, CTN: Taiwan judiciary crashes


While typing in Taiwan's biggest rotten case   "Apple Daily, 1-19-2021:rotten & stinky judiciary shakes Taiwan to the core" and "China Times, 1-19-2021: Taiwan judiciary crashes" etc, pro. hacker's attacks came,  therefore, there's no other choices but to paste hard-copy jpg as above instead of typing in all of them.      ps: see what they did as above (upper left side)               


pic. left: Formosa TV news, 1-19-2021: "Taiwan's biggest judiciary scandal of the century", pic. right: Formosa TV news, 1-19-2021: The corruption case is an international joke !


 United Daily 2-11-2021, editorial: Taiwan grand justice was again on knees to political power / They declare guilty before trial by free evaluation of evidence through inner conviction, weaken Separation of powers and check of balance, don't dare to open a constitutional court session, therefore become "Patron saint of political power".   https://udn.com/news/story/7338/5247338

USA Country Reports on Human Rights practices at 3-11-2020: Some political commentators and academics,  publicly questioned the impartiality of judges and prosecutors involved in high profile, politically sensitive cases.  Judicial reform advocates pressed for greater public accountability, reforms of the personnel system, and other procedural improvements.
USA Country Reports on Human Rights practices at 3-13-2019 and 4-20-2018 both pointed out that Taiwan's justice ministry was insufficiently independent and conducted politically motivated investigations of politicians.      read doubtful legal cases in English, in Chinese justice cartoons


  World Justice Project 2020, Rule of Law Index  www.worldjusticeproject.org/rule-of-law-index/country/2020

Absence of Corruption:   No.3 Singapore,   No. 7 New Zealand,   No.8  Hong Kong,   No.13 Japan,   No. 14  Australia,   No.28 S. Korea,   No. 41 Malaysia

Criminal justice:   No. 6 Singapore,  No. 9  Japan,  No.11 Australia,   No.13 NZ,   No.14 Hong Kong,    No.18 S. Korea,   No. 38 Malaysia

Civil Justice:   No. 6 Singapore,   No.9 Japan,   No. 10 NZ,    No.11 Hong Kong,   No.13 S. Korea,   No.14 Australia,   No.35  Malaysia

Taiwan is not included

  Heritage Org.  Judicial Effectiveness,  2021 Index of Economic Freedom (heritage.org/index/  )

Singapore score 90.8,    Australia 90.0 ,   New Zealand  80.5,    Japan 75.5,   Taiwan 72.9,   China 71.5,  Malaysia 70.5

Government Integrity    NZ  95.3,   Singapore  93.2,   Australia 89.8,  Japan 82.0,  Taiwan   74.5


OECD, OECD Data, "Trust in government" indicator 2021  (Trust in government refers to the share of people who report having confidence in the national government.) , https://data.oecd.org/gga/trust-in-government.htm

New Zealand  62.9%,   Korea 44.8%,    Australia  44.6%,   Japan 42.3%  


The Apple Daily,  Nov. 2, 2020, editorial :  (tw.appledaily.com/headline/20201101/NI6TYHSBLVADXO37NO3KMBAS2E/)  Taiwan's judicial system keeps treating the power and the rich with different standard, which crashes the public's trust on Taiwan's judiciary. (頻頻打擊司法公信力的「權貴減罪公式」一再上演)
The Apple Daily,  Dec. 7, 2020, (https://tw.appledaily.com/forum/20201207/XDWVJS4BOBGYFHBWI23KR77OEI/ 林孟皇): Taiwan's judges and prosecutors' always "very low"  
misdeeds in the past (素行不良的行徑) are hard to find similar case in advanced legal countries; furthermore, recently some famous attorneys also violated work ethics, the overall performance by law people certainly fails to win public trust.
 United Daily 8-20-2020, editorial: The Grand Justice of Taiwan has made itself to be the ruling party's "affiliate organization".  https://udn.com/news/story/7338/4818831?from=udn-catehotnews_ch2
 United Daily 1-8-2020, editorial: The ruling party has been good at collectively dividing the spoils ... the judicial system and investigation gov. have been obsequious and dared not to investigate the power and the richness (brief).

The Apple Daily,  9-13-2020, editorial, opinion : The dark networks those wealthy businessmen created can make the administration, the parliament, the Control Yuan and the judicial system to take care of the 'missions' they gave, e.g., the over-the-counter (OTC) stock and Interest Arbitrage Transaction are good tools to control the officials.  Taiwan's judicial reform has not achieved the goal. https://tw.appledaily.com/headline/20200912/XRWWTEZPLBGARBFFHQVXMYCH2Q/'; https://tw.appledaily.com/forum/20200912/NAQP67HBRRAP5LZ3ZW4AFWTAEQ/  Taiwan judicial reform has not reached planned performance; Taiwanese are not willing to wait any longer for a trusty justice.

The Apple Daily,  5-10-2020, editorial :  Some survey shows near 80% Taiwanese do not trust justice, even Judicial Yuan's survey showed 60+ % Taiwanese do not trust justice.  

WEF: Taiwan "judicial Independence" was ranked No. 13 among Asia & Pacific countries

  WEF (World Economic Forum)  Judicial independence 2019 rankings ,  The Global Competitiveness Report
Asian country rankings No.1 New Zealand  89.2(score)  2(world rank),  No.2 Japan  86.5  5,  No.3  Hong Kong  84.1  8, No.4  Australia  82.9  10,  No.5  Singapore  77.4  14,  No.