General & Misc

Ministry moves Forward with Justice Development Plan

Date: 28 January 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Vientiane Times

The Ministry of Justice will carry out plans to process outstanding court cases, raise public awareness of improvements in the law, conduct capacity building for officials, and resolve unsettled legal issues.

These issues are being discussed at a two-day national justice meeting which ends today and is being attended by Minister of Justice Mr Xaysi Santivong and legal officials from around the country.

During the meeting, participants are reviewing the past year’s work in the implementation of justice and development of the law, along with the work plan for the year ahead.

At yesterday’s opening ceremony, Deputy Minister of Justice, Dr Seumsouk Simphavong reported that over the past year the ministry had improved the capacity of officials through training courses at home and abroad.

The ministry is also running an awareness campaign to alert the public to improvements in the law.

“This year, we will hear the 27,472 postponed court cases which remain unresolved. Last year, there were 29,422 court judgments made in the country including 21,976 cases that were held over from 2017 and 7,446 cases in 2018, of which 1,819 were settled,” he said.

“Many judgments are difficult to make and are delayed because every civil and criminal case is different, but we will focus on clearing the remaining 27,472 cases,” Dr Seumsouk added.

The ministry will also continue the development of justice and concentrate on 23 legal issues, 10 new and 13 improvements, according to the plan. The ministry will carry on working with foreign countries and international organisations to get advice on the justice system and share experiences to move the sector forward.

The ministry will work with Vietnam’s Ministry of Justice to continue collaboration and development of the judicial sector along with Asean countries, China, Japan and Korea and seek support from UNDP, EU, JICA and other international organisations.

Mr Xaysi stressed the importance of the meeting and called on participants to pay attention to discussions and share ideas towards resolving outstanding issues in 2019.

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