People’s Courts play their part in social justice and order

August 7, 2012

Mr Khamphanh Sitthidampha speaks at the press conference.

The People’s Courts have played their part in securing justice in society and contributing to building social order and security.

People’s Supreme Court President Mr Khamphanh Sitthidampha made the confirmation yesterday at a press conference in preparation to celebrate their 30th anniversary on August 15.

“The People’s Court has played its role as stipulated in the Law of the People’s Court, to adjudicate cases, aiming also to educate the citizens to be patriotic and supportive of the nation and the regime of the people’s democracy,” he said.

He stated that the main goal of the courts is not to punish people but to educate them, so the courts will take every possible step to avoid punishment as a solution until such time as it is inevitable.

With regard to civil cases, the courts have stressed the path of mediation, which can be considered a form of education to try and avoid punishment of any party.

“I think this way we have made an important contribution to social security and the protection of law and order,” Mr Khamphanh said.

The courts have also fulfilled their responsibility of disseminating laws and information in order to help more people access the justice system.

The People’s Supreme Assembly’s First Legislature (the current National Assembly) Standing Committee has confirmed August 15, 1982 as the date of establishment of the People’s Supreme Court.

Mr Khamphanh said that, through the implementation of their role over the past 30 years, the number of people who understand how the courts work has been on the rise, while public complaints in this regard have diminished, and the court’s legal staff and judges are greatly appreciated.

The president did not deny that there were deficiencies in the working of the courts as incidents of biased adjudication occurred as the result of the improper political values, morals, and ethics of some judges, which has on rare occasions led to the rejection or ignoring of decisions by unsatisfied petitioners.

However, the courts do have their own mechanism for dealing with this problem, including an investigation by the court’s inspection department to determine any bias or partiality.

More than 8,000 cases were heard in all levels of the courts over the past year, and around 6,500 cases or 80 percent of the total number were solved.

Mr Khamphanh said that the number of cases heard and resolved was not an especial matter of pride for the court’s system, they were more proud when they recorded fewer cases as this meant their main purpose of education was having a beneficial effect.

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