The independence of the judiciary is the minimum requirement for fair trials. As declared in the Korean constitution, a judge must independently make sure that justice is served, based on his or her own conscience according to the Constitution and laws.
The Supreme Court sees that the organization and operation of the judiciary is democratic so that its independence is guaranteed. At the same time, the judicial system protects trials from external pressure.
Only fair trials can be trusted by the concerned parties. Not only the decision but also the procedure of trials should be transparent, if they are to be accepted by the public. There must be no room for suspicion regarding fairness.
The court does its best to guarantee transparent and fair trial procedures based on the principles of orality placing priority on trials, so that breached freedom or rights can be redeemed.
In addition to courtrooms, the judiciary meets face to face with the citizens at the Public Service Center. The impression that a visitor gets soon translates into an evaluation of the judiciary, because it is there that the citizens sit together and speak to the officials.
The court believes that all members of the judiciary should fully understand their jobs and work for the visitors with kindness and patience, giving the public comfortable and easy access to judicial services.
In this globalized and diverse world, exchange with judicially advanced nations is inevitable if Korea is to build future-oriented mindset and competitive judiciary system. At the same time, developing nations which are trying to improve their legal systems can learn from Korea's experiences.
The Supreme Court is working on improving Korea's legal system by introducing knowledge and systems from legally advanced countries, while promoting Korea's well-developed legal system to the rest of the world.