The Law Society has issued a press release on the dismissal of 2,745 judges in Turkey following the unsuccessful coup. In the press release, The Law Society’s President, Robert Bourns, stressed the importance of the rule of law, affirming that ”the prosperity of a country is intrinsically linked to the rule of law and to a strong, independent judiciary and legal profession”. 

The International Association of Lawyers (UIA), the Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe (CCBE) and the Federation des Barreux d’Europe (FBE) issued a joint statement, affirming to be “extremely alarmed by the ongoing purge within the judiciary that led to the suspension and revocation of thousands of judges, the arrest of hundreds, as well as the arrest of at least 11 lawyers, allegedly involved in the coup”. 

An intervention letter was also sent by The Law Society regarding this dismissal that referred to recommendations made to Turkey by the European Commission, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe and the Venice Commission on the rule of law and the independence of the judiciary.

We will continue to monitor the situation of all members of the legal profession in Turkey.