I was inspired to strive for a “better judiciary movement” when I personally witnessed the difference between those countries in which the principle of honesty prevails in courts and those in which dishonesty is tolerated. Seeing these differences, I realized how costly the latter is, both for the Turkish judicial system and for Turkey as a whole. In my desire to share this I contacted the famous communication expert Ali Saydam for advice.
While I first thought that this issue was something personal to me, Ali Saydam advised me, saying “Mehmet Bey, this cannot be your personal issue. If your firm believes wholeheartedly with you on this issue go ahead. If it does not you cannot do this.” When I raised the issue in the firm, I was pleased to see the very positive response and the clamor to volunteer to help this idea advance. Then I took the matter first out of the firm, speaking with a wide number of other law firms. The response was immediate. Not only did our friends come on board, some even volunteered to expand the idea to include other problems within the system. As we progressed, “The Better Justice Movement,” naturally developed, with a broader endeavor aimed at identifying the problems, finding solutions, seeking consensus and advocating for those agreed solutions. After the first printing of this book it was incorporated as an association called “the Better Justice Association” and produced a couple of papers with the mutual consent of all its members: “Full and Frank Disclosure”, “Opinion of the Draft Law on Court Appointed Experts” and “the Proposal to Form a Supreme Judicial Council and System.”