High Court selects judges via computer to hear speaker case
By Adam Tyrsett Kuo ,The China PostTAIPEI, Taiwan -- For the Kuomintang's (KMT) counter-appeal against Legislative Yuan Speaker Wang Jin-pyng's (王金平) injunction, the Taiwan High Court yesterday randomly selected Wang Li-li (王麗莉) as designated judge, Li Yuan-yuan (李媛媛) as associate judge, and Wei Li-chuan (魏麗娟) as presiding judge with a computerized system, despite Wang's call for selection by open lottery.
September 19, 2013, 12:25 am TWN
Wang's legal team arrived at the court yesterday morning and requested that the judges be selected by open lottery. After discussions, the court decided to go with random selection by its computerized system.
Hung Kuang-tsan (洪光燦), head of the court's administrative department, said that the court decided to go with the computerized system, which is its usual method of selecting judges, because if it allowed an open lottery, the High Court would be flooded by litigants in the future demanding to view the lottery process.
According to local reports, judges for civil lawsuits are generally randomly selected with the computerized system at the High Court, while judges are usually only selected by open lottery in high-profile criminal cases.
Last Wednesday, Wang filed an injunction in an attempt to retain his KMT membership, after the party's disciplinary committee resolved to revoke it, due to his implication in the recent “lobbying scandal.” The injunction was later approved by the district court. In response, the KMT's legal representatives filed a counter-appeal on Monday, arguing that courts do not have jurisdiction over a party's internal affairs.