On the 24th, the National Assembly passed the motion to appoint a candidate for Supreme Court Justice Oh Seok-joon. 119 days have passed since an appointment was requested.
The National Assembly held a full session this afternoon and passed the motion to appoint Candidate Oh with 220 in favor, 51 against, and 5 abstentions out of 276 present. The approval of a Supreme Court justice requires the presence of a majority of the members of the National Assembly and the consent of the majority of the members present.
The Democratic Party of Korea did not decide for or against the appointment of Candidate Oh as a party debate, but left it to their free will.
The motion to appoint Candidate Oh took the longest time ever, passing 119 days after Supreme Court Chief Justice Kim Myung-soo proposed the appointment on July 28. Among past Supreme Court Justices, former Supreme Court Justice Park Sang-ok’s court (108 days) took the longest time from appointment recommendation to approval.
The power of the people has encouraged the Democratic Party to agree to appoint Candidate Oh. As the appointment of Candidate Oh was delayed, no decision was taken by the Supreme Court for more than two months, in which all 13 Supreme Court justices, including the Chief Justice, had to participate .
The National Assembly held a confirmation hearing on Candidate Oh on August 29, but the report of the confirmation hearing was not adopted as the Democratic Party had made an unqualified position. Candidate Oh caused controversy by ruling that the action of the bus company that fired the bus driver who embezzled 800 won was justified, and ruled that the prosecutor who was dismissed after receiving entertainment worth 850,000 was unfair. The Democratic Party also took issue with the personal friendship between President Yoon Seok-yeol and Candidate Oh. Candidate Oh replied, “I will not have met (with President Yoon) 5 times in the past 10 years” to a question from a Democratic Party lawmaker asking about the number of meetings with President Yoon at the personnel hearing. Candidate Oh, a junior at President Yoon’s law school at Seoul National University, is known to be close to President Yoon.
At the plenary meeting on this day, an amendment to the Civil Act was also passed to prevent the problem of ‘debt inheritance’ by minors. According to current law, minor heirs will pay all their parents’ debts regardless of their will, unless their legal representative gives limited approval (responsibility for repaying the ancestors’ debts only within the scope of the inherited property ) or renunciation of inheritance (renunciation of property and debt) It is supposed to float. The amendment made it possible for limited approval within three months from the date minor heirs became aware of the fact that the inherited debts exceeded the property after they came of age.
An amendment was also passed to the ‘Act on the Management of Zoos and Aquariums’ (Acquarium Zoos Act), which changed zoos from a registration system to a permit system. The amendment includes strengthening the establishment standards for existing zoos and aquariums, and setting disposals such as stopping business and fines if animals are not managed appropriately. Recently, as some small zoos and aquariums have been neglecting unfed animals during the closure period due to Corona 19, voices have emerged that the management of zoos and aquariums should be strengthened. A zoo operator who committed animal abuse, such as leaving a diseased camel to die at a zoo in Daegu and using the carcass as food for wild animals at another zoo he runs, has been given a suspended prison sentence by the first trial court. Last September.â��There was also work.
A partial amendment to the Private Schools Act, which requires professors, associate professors, and assistant professors of private universities to be sentenced to fines of 3 million won or more for fraudulent offenses connected with their duties while in office and to resign as a matter of course, if the sentence has been terminated; A partial amendment to the Military Civil Servant Personnel Act, which extends the statute of limitations for cases such as sexual harassment from three years to 10 years, also passed the full meeting of the National Assembly that day.