The Turkish Justice Ministry has set up a courthouse at Istanbul Airport as part of its planned judicial reforms.
Justice Minister Abdülhamit Gül praised the move, saying that it's a first in the world.
"We are happy that one of the goals of our judicial reform was realized. We are at the Istanbul Airport Courthouse at the moment. Our judges and prosecutors are at service 24/7," Gül tweeted on Jan. 16.
Yargı Reformu hedeflerimizden birinin daha hayata geçmesinin mutluluğunu yaşıyoruz. Şu saat itibariyle İstanbul Havalimanı Adliyesindeyiz.— Abdulhamit Gül (@abdulhamitgul) January 15, 2021
Hakim ve savcılarımız, 7/24 kesintisiz hizmet veriyor.
Dünyada tek örnek olan bu hizmeti yaygınlaştıracağız. pic.twitter.com/BYdwFJrkhZ
"We will expand this service, which is a first in the world," he said.
The move was ridiculed on social media, mostly due to the presentation of it as a part of the judicial reforms.
According to a statement on the airport's website, the ministry aims to "prevent detention, infringement and effective fight against crime that may occur at abroad departures and entrances."
The courthouse will operate as Gaziosmanpaşa Courthouse's additional service building and will carry out judicial activities related to arresting, taking statements and crimes at the airport.
Three prosecutors and three court personnel will be on duty.