Van was the 14th stop of the ‘Economy and Law Meetings’ organized in cooperation with EKONOMİ Daily and the Better Justice Association. At the event with the attendance by many names from the business and legal community, the main problems in the economy and law were discussed. At the event, there was a call to positively discriminate for the city of Van, which lagged socio-economically.
Mehmet Gun, President of the Better Justice Association, stated that 34 million cases, including enforcement proceedings, administrative, criminal, and civil cases, were awaiting results in 2022 and said, “We have achieved a lot of things in 100 years. But we have not succeeded in the judiciary issue. We still complain that judges are at the disposal of the government.”
The 14th of the ‘Economy and Law Meetings’ was held in Van with the theme ‘Better Judiciary and Civil Constitution for Sustainable Growth’.
The meeting was attended by Mehmet Gun, Chairman of the Better Justice Association, Hakan Guldag, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the EKONOMİ daily, Prof. Dr. Fatih Ozatay, Faculty Member of TOBB ETU and columnist of the EKONOMİ daily, Müslüm Erbay, Chairman of the Board of Directors of DOĞUSİFED, Zahir Kandasoglu, Chairman of the Board of Directors of VATSO-DER, Av. Sinan Ozaraz, President of the Van Bar Association, Muazzez Caglar Kesici, Member of the Board of Directors of DOĞUSİFED, representatives of the Van business world, business people, and many names from the legal community.
Highlights from Mehmet Gun’s speech at the event are as follows:
“We don’t trade because the court takes 10 years”
“When we have a problem, when we go to court to solve that problem, we hesitate to partner or trade with people we do not trust because the cases that need to be solved immediately take us 10 years. When we do not trade, our incomes remain low.”
“Nothing has changed in the judiciary in 100 years”
“We have to ensure that the judiciary produces quality services that society needs. When the judiciary fails to do its job, economic and structural problems arise. The Republic of Turkey celebrated its 100th anniversary on October 29th. In 100 years we have accomplished many things, but there are two issues we have failed to accomplish. First and foremost is the judiciary. We are making it dependent on the executive power because it cannot provide quality service. When you make the judiciary dependent on the executive power, the first condition of its service, quality, disappears. No one can trust a judiciary that is dependent on the executive power. We are still complaining that judges are under the executive power. 100 years have passed and our complaint is the same. In order to get rid of this, we need to make the judiciary provide quality service, be transparent and accountable to the society, and set an example for everyone by highly respecting the rule of law.”