Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Bar seeks removal of clerk section




Bar seeks removal of clerk section

Bar seeks removal of clerk section

The Bar Association of the Kingdom of Cambodia has requested that the Ministry of Justice remove a section of a new draft law that will determine the process for judicial clerks to become lawyers, the bar association confirmed.

A letter dated August 25 and signed by the bar’s president says the draft law could affect the independence of lawyers.

The current draft states that clerks who want to become lawyers would have to be vetted by a committee of officials hand-selected by the ministry.

This system would strip the bar of its right to oversee who enters the legal profession, bar president Bun Honn said. Currently, a clerk must apply with the bar association to become a lawyer. The newly proposed law would change that by making the Ministry of Justice an influential middle man, legal experts say.

“The bar association would just act as a rubber stamp for the Ministry of Justice,” explained legal analyst Sok Sam Oeun.

It’s unclear whether the Ministry of Justice will take the bar’s concerns into consideration, and ministry spokesman Kim Santepheap could not be reached for comment.

MOST VIEWED

  • PM slams HRW ‘double standards’

    Prime Minister Hun Sen has chided Human Rights Watch (HRW) Asia director Brad Adams for keeping quiet over protest crackdowns in the US following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis on May 25. Addressing reporters while inspecting infrastructure development in Preah Sihanouk province on Monday,

  • Bank robber of $6M asks to be released

    An accused bank robber who admitted to stealing $6 million has asked the Supreme Court to release him temporarily because he had returned the money. In a court hearing on Tuesday Chan Simuntha, 39, told the judge that on January 18, his wife Teang Vathanaknearyroth told him that

  • WHO: Antibiotics cause more deaths

    Increased antibiotics use in combating the Covid-19 pandemic will strengthen bacterial resistance and ultimately lead to more deaths during the crisis and beyond, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Monday. WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said a “worrying number” of bacterial infections were becoming

  • Children in poverty said to rise by 86M

    The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and Save the Children warned that if urgent measures are not taken, the number of children living in poverty across low- and middle-income countries could increase by 86 million, a 15 per cent jump, by the end of the year. In

  • Four more Cambodian peacekeepers get Covid-19 in Mali

    Four more Cambodian Blue Helmet peacekeepers in Mali have been diagnosed with the novel coronavirus, bringing the number of infected Cambodian UN peacekeepers to 10. National Centre for Peacekeeping Forces and Explosive Remnants of War deputy director-general and spokeswoman Kosal Malinda told The Post on Tuesday

  • Huge tracks of undocumented land a concern for registration officials

    Siem Reap provincial deputy governor Ly Samrith expressed concern that land registration plans for residents scheduled to be completed by late 2021 could not be achieved because 80 per cent of the land had not been registered. Land dispute issues are a major factor that poses a