SEOUL, President Moon Jae-in on Thursday called for courts' efforts to correct their past wrongdoings and make the judiciary branch independent, calling it the only way to win the much-needed faith of the people.

"The people are now working to build a just Republic of Korea. And all government officials, including myself, are now standing on the rule of law that the people restored," the president said in a ceremony marking the 70th anniversary of the establishment of the court system, which came shortly after the country's liberation from the 1910-45 Japanese colonial rule on Aug. 15.

"I am beginning to realize how great a burden it is to uphold the spirit of the candlelight vigils," the president said, referring to the anti-government rallies in late 2016 that led to the ouster of former President Park Geun-hye over corruption allegations the following year.

"The weight cannot be any different for the judiciary or legislative branches. Now the judiciary branch faces a very important task of winning back the people's trust," he added.

SEOUL, President Moon Jae-in on Thursday called for courts' efforts to correct their past wrongdoings and make the judiciary branch independent, calling it the only way to win the much-needed faith of the people.

"The people are now working to build a just Republic of Korea. And all government officials, including myself, are now standing on the rule of law that the people restored," the president said in a ceremony marking the 70th anniversary of the establishment of the court system, which came shortly after the country's liberation from the 1910-45 Japanese colonial rule on Aug. 15.

"I am beginning to realize how great a burden it is to uphold the spirit of the candlelight vigils," the president said, referring to the anti-government rallies in late 2016 that led to the ouster of former President Park Geun-hye over corruption allegations the following year.

"The weight cannot be any different for the judiciary or legislative branches. Now the judiciary branch faces a very important task of winning back the people's trust," he added.

Source: Yonhap News Agency