Lawyer named to Constitutional Court post
Lee Seon-ae of law firm Hwawoo was tapped by Yang Seung-tae to replace Lee Jung-mi, who is set to retire next Monday upon completing her six-year term, the Supreme Court said.
“We thoroughly reviewed the candidates’ preparedness to serve the people, their ethics, as well as the basic qualities required for a Constitutional Court justice,” the Supreme Court said.
“In particular, placing priority on the Constitutional Court’s functions and roles, we adopted as our main criteria a candidate’s ability to speak for and integrate such issues as protection of minorities and care for the socially disadvantaged.”
Lee, 50, is a former judge who currently specializes in constitutional disputes and commercial arbitration, among other areas.
The nominee will have to receive parliamentary confirmation before being appointed by Prime Minister Hwang Kyo-ahn, who is acting president, a process that could take about a month.
In the meantime, the Constitutional Court will have seven justices on its bench following the retirement of Chief Justice Park Han-chul in January and Lee Jung-mi next week. The court is expected to deliver its ruling on the impeachment in the coming week.