Turkish judge dismissed for calling out ‘inappropriate’ attire of female lawyer

Turkey’s Council of Judges and Prosecutors (HSK) has dismissed a judge after he called out a female lawyer for what he said was inappropriate attire in the workplace.

Judge Mehmet Yoylu, during a hearing in an Istanbul court earlier this week, attempted to take a photograph of a lawyer’s skirt, which he claimed was too short and thus in violation of the dress code, pro-government Hürriyet reported.

Yoylu said he wanted to report the ’’inappropriate'' attire to the Istanbul Bar Association.

A group of lawyers failed a complaint with the Council, which launched an investigation into the matter.

Yoylu has been dismissed as a precautionary measure, the HSK said.

Turkish Justice Minister Abdülhamit Gül commented on the dismissal on Wednesday, saying that it was unacceptable for someone in Yoylu’s position to be more concerned with attire than a legal hearing.

‘’Our legal system, while delivering justice or searching for justice, cannot allow for or condone anyone to be subjected to discrimination or arbitrary procedures,‘’ Gül said on Twitter.