According to the law, a defendant can defend him or herself in court in a language of their choice. The law openly refers to a demand by Kurds to be able to use Kurdish in court.
Translators for the defendants will be chosen from lists prepared by provincial judicial committees.
The law adopted on Thursday also makes it possible for married inmates to meet their spouses in private.
The law will provide for the use of defendants’ first languages in courts, and follows a lengthy campaign by Parliament’s only Kurdish political party and rights activists, who together have demanded the right for defendants to use languages other than Turkish to defend themselves in court.
In the run-up to the session, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdo?an urged his party’s deputies not to waste any time in passing the law.
The law makes changes to the Code on Criminal Procedure (CMK) and to the Law on the Execution of Punitive and Security Measures. With the changes, suspects will be able to use the language in which they feel they can express themselves best when submitting their defense. The state will cover the expenses for courtroom translators.