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Retirement of judges a key step for reform

Dear Editor,

I am writing in response to Friday's front-page article on the compulsory retirement of senior judges, prosecutors and provincial court chiefs ("Legal body to force out elder judges, prosecutors", July 31, 2009).

I am pleased to see that some elder judges and prosecutors will be retiring, and I consider the move by the Supreme Council of the Magistracy as contributing to the larger effort to reform Cambodia's much-criticised judiciary. I believe younger judges and prosecutors will work just as efficiently, if not more so, than older ones.

But this does not mean all elder judges and prosecutors need to be replaced. In my opinion, the competent and efficient ones should be kept.

Terith Chy
Chief, Victims Participation Project
Documentation Center of Cambodia

Send letters to: newsroom@phnompenhpost.com or PO Box 146, Phnom Penh, Cambodia. The Post reserves the right to edit letters to a shorter length.
The views expressed above are solely the author's and do not reflect any positions taken by The Phnom Penh Post.

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