The Law Society of England and Wales is greatly concerned about the recent developments in Turkey following the coup attempt. Disciplinary actions against the alleged initiators of the coup have extended to the judicial system.

On Saturday 16 July 2016, the High Council of Judges and Prosecutors (HCJP) announced the dismissal of 2,745 judges. We understand that the mass dismissal took place because of an alleged involvement of the judges in the coup attempt. However, the Law Society believes that no dismissal should be effective until an independent investigation has been carried out to verify such involvement. Whilst suspension might ultimately be appropriate, we are concerned that while investigations continue the proper administration of justice will become ever more difficult after the dismissal of so many judicial officers. 

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