Turkish judge faces prison sentence for meddling with lawyer’s attire

Turkish authorities seek seven years in prison for a judge who called out a female lawyer for what he said was inappropriate attire in the workplace, Hürriyet reported on Wednesday.

Judge Mehmet Yoylu, during a hearing in an Istanbul court in May, attempted to take a photograph of a lawyer' skirt, saying that it was too short and violating the dress code. He is accused of malpractice and defamation to public officials, Hürriyet said.

Yoylu said what he did was not wilful misconduct and he wanted to report what he called inappropriate attire to the Istanbul Bar Association. However, the judge also reviled a male lawyer for wearing an earring in another hearing on the same day, saying that men do not wear earrings.

A group of lawyers filed a complaint to the Council of Judges and Prosecutors (HSK), prompting the council to launch an investigation into the matter and dismiss Yoylu as a precautionary measure.

Following the dismissal of the judge, Turkish Justice Minister Abdülhamit Gül said it was unacceptable for someone in Yoylu’s position to be more concerned with attires than his legal practice.