Saturday, August 10, 2013

Cambodia’s commercial judges to attend legal training in Sydney Law School next month

A group of 15 Cambodian commercial judges will leave early next month for a 45-day training on commercial law and related fields in Sydney Law School and such a move will contribute to improving Cambodia's development by putting in place the commercial chamber to resolve business disputes.

Speaking to the group, His Excellency Deputy Prime Minister Dr. Sok An said that Cambodia needs to comply with the norms and regulations of World Trade Organization (WTO) to which it became a member since 2004.

The participation of Cambodian legal practitioners is another prime example of the strong commitment of the Royal Government of Cambodia led by Prime Minister Hun Sen to gain more confidence from business community that Cambodia is complying with global trade regulations.

The group, which is arranged by the Royal Academy for Judicial Professions, will leave Cambodia on 3rd September and return home on 19th October.

“You need to understand the commercial laws and other related issues otherwise you cannot work as a commercial judge,” His Excellency Dr. Sok An told the group in the meeting.

Canberra has actively contributed to improving the legal and justice sector in Cambodia, the sector that plays a vital role in the country’s social and economic development.

His Excellency Dr. Sok An previously requested the head of Sydney Law School to provide legal training for Cambodian legal officials, and this resulted in a positive.

The Deputy Prime Minister who also co-chairs the Council for Legal and Judicial Reform said that the group of legal practitioners will work in the commercial chambers to be established within the existing court structure.

In the next step, Cambodia will have separate commercial and labor courts from the current courts to solve any disputes which may happen in the future.

“We want our courts to be more responsive to the public,” he said.

His Excellency Dr. Sok An advised the group that “the culture of providing public service is quite important, thus you have to work for the people’s interest with your legal professionalism, motivation and loyalty at work”.

The group will also engage with the legal training of commercial laws and related fields, upon returning home, for the next promotion of legal experts.

“You will also be working as trainers after receiving the legal training course in Australia,” said the Deputy Prime Minister.

Cambodia needs more judges, prosecutors and lawyers to get the court cases to move faster.

Currently, the country has more than 400 judges and around 700 lawyers.

In the future Cambodia needs another 300 to 400 judges to meet the increasing demand of court cases, he said.

An estimated 15,000 court cases per year go through the trial court of Phnom Penh, he said.

“We cannot leave the cases to sit idle. We need to get those cases solved through legal means,” His Excellency Dr. Sok An said.

He said that Cambodia’s legal experts are reviewing its current law on structure of the court by amending it to allow the chamber of commerce to be established within the existing domestic court.
The new law to be amended will also allow the local courts to have its staff running administration to facilitate the court operation.

“In this regard, a case management system is needed to move the court cases faster,” His Excellency Dr. Sok An said. End.

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