Australia helps Vietnam in judicial system

The Australian Ambassador to Vietnam and a representative of the Supreme People’s Court of Vietnam last week signed on to a project to update the Vietnamese Judiciary’s Bench book.

Ambassador Allaster Cox signed together with Mr. Dang Quang Phuong, standing deputy chief of justice of the Supreme People’s Court.

Mr. Cox said, “We highly support the Government of Viet Nam’s commitments and efforts to establish a transparent, fair, effective and efficient judicial system. A new updated judicial Bench book will help improve the professional and practical skills of the judiciary in court proceedings.”

The AUD600,000 project has been funded by the Australian Government through the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID). The Supreme People’s Court of Vietnam is the implementing agency, and the Federal Court of Australia acts as a co-managing agency, according to the Australian Embassy.

The project will support the Supreme People’s Court in drafting new parts of the Bench book reflecting the recent significant legislative program undertaken in Vietnam.

This project is set for completion by October 2009.

By Khanh Van

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