The Attorney General of ROC is the chief of both the Supreme Court Prosecutors’ office(Attorney General Office) and prosecution system as a whole.
All public prosecutors are under the direction and supervision by the Attorney General.
Qualifications required to be an Attorney General
According to the law, the Attorney General should has at least one of the following qualifications to be nominated as a candidate.
1. has served any periord as
i. Grand Justice
ii. the president of the Supreme Court
iii. the president of the Administration Court
iv. the chairman of Committee on the Discipline of Public Functionaries. (the chairman of Public Ethic Committee )
2. has served for five years as
i. Judge of the Supreme Court
ii. prosecutor of the Supreme Court Prosecutors'office (Attorney General Office)
iii. the President of High Court
iv. the President of High Court Prosecutors’ Office
3. has served for ten years as
In practice, the Attorney General always nominated from the Supreme Court Prosecutors’ Office.
Appointment and Tenure of Office
According to the law, Attorney General is specially nominated by the President of ROC(Taiwan) and must be approved by the Legislative Yuan. For historical background to prevent the unwanted political-influence, the Legislative Yuan passed the law to create a tenure system for the Attorney General in 2006, The tenure is four years and only one term can be served.
Chen Tsung-ming is the first ever Attorney General(Prosecutor General) of the ROC nominated under this new four years tenure. His counterpart in the US would be the Federal Attorney General. However, unlike in US, the Attorney General is not considerate a classical part of Administration, therefore required great impartiality in order to maintain the independence of the prosecution system demanded by the public, as well as carries with it enormous responsibility.
The Supreme Court Prosecutors' Office:
No.235, Sec. 1, Guiyang St.（Gueiyang St）, Zhongzheng District, Taipei City 100, Taiwan (R.O.C.)
8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Directions: (map of Taiwan maps.google.com.tw)
Wanli Yang 2008/05/01