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Woman joins highest court

Aug 23,2004
The National Assembly overwhelmingly approved Kim Young-ran, 48, as the nation’s first female Supreme Court justice. She was chief justice at the Daejeon High Court when she was nominated for the post. She will be the youngest of the court’s 14 justices. The Assembly vote was 208-61.
“She is qualified to carry out the duties of Supreme Court justice, and we saw no ethical or other problems with respect to her appointment,” said Kwon Oh-eul, a Grand National Party legislator who headed the parliamentary confirmation hearing on her nomination. “This reflects the changes in our times.”
Ms. Kim succeeds Cho Moo-je, who retired this month. The president will have the chance to name 11 more Supreme Court justices during his term. Five, including the chief justice, will retire next year; another six justices will leave the court in July 2006.


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