Former Justice Minister Cho Kuk said, “The Moon Jae-in administration’s Office of Senior Civil Affairs did not conduct any personnel verification for candidates for Supreme Court Justices and Constitutional Justices recommended by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.” It is interpreted as a rebuttal of Minister Han Dong-hoon’s remarks to the effect that there is no problem in the verification of the Supreme Court judge by the personnel information management team newly established by the Ministry of Justice.
Former Minister Cho, who served as senior civil affairs officer during the Moon Jae-in administration, said on Facebook, a social networking service (SNS), on the 31st, “The media asks a lot of questions by phone or text, so I answer them all in one lump.”
He added, “The work (personnel verification) was carried out by the Supreme Court itself.”
The reason for this type of personnel verification was explained, “The above was to respect the principle of separation of powers under the Constitution.”
On the 30th, Minister of Justice Han Dong-hoon met with reporters in front of the Supreme Court building before the prevention of Supreme Court Chief Justice Kim Myung-soo and said, “The realm of personnel verification has been changed from a secret business area of political power in the past to a commercial business that is monitored by ‘Neul-gong (professional civil servants)’. “It is a transition,” he said, “a meaningful progress.” This means that there is absolutely no room for infringing on the principle of unfairness and separation of powers because the personnel verification is transparent.
In response to reporters’ comments that ‘the Ministry of Justice is concerned about verifying even the highest judges’, he drew a line saying, “The personnel verification task is not a newly created task, but an existing task.”
Minister Han also dismissed concerns about the prosecution’s intervention in personnel verification by the judicial branch, which has been raised in some areas, saying, “We will put a professional public official who has been dedicated to personnel and verification work as the person in charge.”
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