Some judges in Turkey will no longer need law degrees

Some judges in Turkey will no longer be required to hold university law degrees following publication of a government decree in Turkey’s official gazette on Monday.

The decree, numbered 703, contains amendments to various laws and decrees issued under Turkey’s ongoing state of emergency and aims to bring them into harmony with the constitution, the government says.

Part of the decree, which deals with qualifications required to be a judge, states that candidates to be administrative judges no longer require an undergraduate law degree.

Turkey's government has purged the judiciary of thousands of judges and prosecutors over the past five years. It has accused them of conducting a trumped-up investigation into government corruption in 2013 or of being part of a failed coup attempt in July 2016.