President gives vote of confidence to judicial reforms

HA NOI (VNS)  — President Truong Tan Sang has expressed confidence that ongoing judicial reforms are in compliance with the newly-adopted Constitution and Party's resolutions.

At a working session with the Supreme People's Court in Ha Noi yesterday to review the progress of this year's judicial reforms and set tasks for 2014, the President said the process of reviewing implementation of Party resolutions and Government regulations must be thorough.

He said the judiciary should improve judges' performance by providing the needed training in professional skills and ethics.

Senior judicial officials told the President that the sector has dealt with nearly 365,000 cases this year, or 92.3 percent of the total, and increase of more than 34,400 over last year. They said that the fundamental quality of legal proceedings has improved.

The judiciary has also been able to fulfill its function as a mediator of disputes, the officials said.

Courts of first instance have handed down sentences to some 129,000 defendants and granted amnesty to over 52,000 with good rehabilitation records.

Of almost 12,000 cases submitted to Appeals Courts at national and provincial levels, more than 7,400 have been settled, a year-on-year increase of 5.3 percent, the President was told.

He also heard that the judiciary is in the process of drafting and perfecting three major bills and as many ordinances, apart from providing insights and opinions on several other laws and legal documents.

The officials admitted that the number of incorrect verdicts that have had to be cancelled or amended has not fallen as expected, especially in administrative cases.


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