Turkey’s top judicial body the High Council of Judges and Prosecutors (HSYK) has said judges and prosecutors can wear headscarf or hat on duty after it evaluated the Supreme Court of Appeals’ application on the issue.
Deputy Secretary-General of the council Musa Kanici has issued a memorandum in which he indicated that there is no clear ban in the regulations of Justice Ministry, Supreme Court, or Council of State, and no obstacle left in the legal system following a change made in the regulation of dress code of civil servants by the Turkish cabinet in 2013 for civil servants who want to wear headscarf or hat on duty.
On Feb. 26, the Supreme Court of Appeals sent a demand to the HSYK asking that “Whether enquiry judges and public prosecutors working in the Supreme Court could wear headscarf on duty during discussions and hearings taken place in the councils and chambers of the Court.”
Kanici replied the demand on the same day and said article six of Turkey’s dress code of civil servants which is connected to “civil servants who have mandatory to wear official dress” has been changed by the governing Justice and Development Party (AK Party) and now judges and prosecutors have been subject to their own regulation.
He emphasised that the statement in the dress code regulation which says “It is a rule to be bareheaded within buildings,” was also abolished in the legal system.
He also said that no information has been reported on whether there are any judges and prosecutors wearing headscarf on duty in local courts.