Concern is growing in Turkey over the deterioration of its rule of law and judicial institutions after the country’s top court was blatantly ignored by government and lower courts earlier this month.

On 11 January, a lower court refused to abide by a ruling from Turkey’s Constitutional Court, which serves as the guardian of the constitution and the public’s constitutionally guaranteed rights.

It was the first time another body within the country’s judicial structure has defied a top court ruling, marking a serious deviation from the past when attacks were limited to verbal political lashings.

The entire premise of a state of law is in danger if you have a lower court refusing to recognise a ruling from the country’s highest court.”