KDF published the 2012 fall issue of Quarterly Democracy (No.5). The current issue introduces a series of articles on Judicial Overhaul: Searching for Paths to Reform. The special features, four articles in total, try to find ways to bring about judicial reform through a micro-approach, by probing into diverse issues such as history of Korea’s judicial reform, court and judiciary selection, appointment of Constitutional Court and Supreme Court justices, and necessity of prosecution reform.
In the article titled Judicial Reform, Its History of Frustration and Failure, Han Sang-hi, professor of Konkuk University Law School, recalls the painful experience of failed and distorted judicial reforms and provides topics in questing for a system in which a democratic, law-abiding society can be realized with the citizen as the agent of judiciary reform. Song Ghi-choon, professor of Chonbuk National University Law School, wrote the article What Kind of Court and Justice Do We Want? to take a critical look on the current practices of judiciary selection and contemplate ways of organizing the court and recruiting judges that will safeguard the people’s rights.
In his article titled, Problems of Constitutional Court and Supreme Court Justice Selection, Kim Jong-cheol, professor of Yonsei Law School, examines the problems in the personnel composition of Constitutional Court and Supreme Court and proposes some measures to rectify the flaws.
Jeong Tae-ho, a Kyung Hee University Law School professor, in his article titled, Necessity of Prosecution Reform and Major Directions of Reform, sheds light on the structural problems of the bloated prosecution and the organization’s proclivity for conservatism and then puts forth a direct election system for district prosecutors as a reform measure. For the Pending Problems and Issues section, professor Gang Won-taek of Seoul National University Department of Political Science and International Relations, recommends resolving the current crisis of Korea’s party politics by way of intraparty democratization and citizens’ participation in party leadership elections.
The fall issue’s Hope of a Place, a section reporting notable policies of local governments, features the city of Suwon that introduced the nation’s first citizen jury trials.
In the Democracies of the World section, Occupy Wall Street and the crisis of U.S. economic democracy are analyzed. The analysis focuses on the current state of the nation’s financial capitalism, which has been contributing to intensifying economic inequality, and on the advent of the protest movement.