The implementation of an individual applications practice was “the biggest reform in Turkey’s judiciary,” as some 190,000 applications have been resolved since 2012, yet some legal changes are still needed in the matter, Turkey’s top judge said on July 25.
“Since the right to individual applications has been granted, the top court has resolved 190,000 applications out of 236,000. Yet, at the point we have reached, some legal changes are inevitable,” Zühtü Arslan, the head of Turkey’s Constitutional Court, said.
“The number of pending applications is around 46,000. The number of applications made to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), from 47 countries, is about 56,000. We can truly comprehend the dimensions of the workload the Constitutional Court has, when compared [with the ECHR],” he added.
“As you see, dealing with this workload is not only a task that the Constitutional Court can do, and it should not only be the duty of it as well,” he said.
“It is everybody’s duty to continue this as a means to seek rights in an efficient way,” he added.
“This notice causes the court to lose its time and effort,” he added.
“If we want to eradicate the source of violations, firstly, we must understand what the Constitutional Court is saying in its ruling. Sometimes our [local] courts wait for new individual applications in order to settle the dispute before them,” he said.
“However, if the Constitutional Court has ruled a violation on a similar matter, our [local] courts can make decisions by evaluating the principles there without waiting for a new application. This prevents new violations and thus new individual applications,” he added.
Hurriyet Daily News