Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Clearing of case backlog still goes on



Clearing of case backlog still goes on

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
Authorities stand guarding in front of the Phnom Penh Municipal Court. Heng Chivoan

Clearing of case backlog still goes on

The campaign to clear a backlog of criminal court cases continues even though the Phnom Penh Municipal Court and provincial courts have postponed trials because of Covid-19, an official said.

From May to October, the municipal and provincial courts had cleared 27,700 cases, or about 71 per cent, according to Ministry of Justice spokesman Chin Malin.

Malin told The Post the campaign to clear the backlog is still moving forward despite no trials.

“The campaign still moves forward but with the recent Covid-19 community transmission, we have to be flexible according to the situation,” Malin said.

He said Phnom Penh Municipal Court announced postponing hearings temporarily from November 30 to December 14 due to Covid-19. But it does not mean courts throughout the country have postponed all hearings because courts examine each one case by case.

Hearings of all cases are stopped. If a case can be tried, it will be tried. If a case needs to be halted, it should be halted.

The backlog of cases is expected to reduce prison overcrowding.

The Ministry of Interior’s General Department of Prisons spokesman Nuth Savana told The Post the clearing of the backlog means more trials will be heard soon.

He said the department of prisons has already moved more than 5,000 drug users to rehabilitation centres.

Savana said only the courts can fix a date to try cases frequently. If more trials are held, the clearing of cases will gain speed.

MOST VIEWED

  • Phnom Penh unveils rules for post-lockdown transition

    The Phnom Penh Municipal Administration issued a set of detailed guidelines for the seven days to May 12 after the capital emerges from lockdown at the onset of May 6. In the 14-page document signed by municipal governor Khuong Sreng released on the evening of May 5, the

  • SBI LY HOUR Bank Launches Cross Border Money Transfer Service between Cambodia and Vietnam on RippleNet, utilizing DLT

    SBI LY HOUR Bank Plc and Hanoi-based Tien Phong Commercial Joint Stock Bank (TPBank) on Friday launched the first Cambodia-Vietnam money transfer service in real currency via RippleNet, provided by SBI Ripple Asia Co Ltd to provide safe, fast and convenient services. SBI LY HOUR

  • Gov’t issues guidelines as lockdown nears end

    The government has issued a five-page set of instructions to be enforced when the three-week lockdown of Phnom Penh and adjacent Takmao town in Kandal province ends on May 6. According to an announcement signed by Prime Minister Hun Sen on May 4, the instructions cover a

  • Cambodia ready to exit LDC status

    Cambodia is well-prepared to minimise economic risks when it graduates from its Least Developed Countries status, according to a senior official at the Ministry of Commerce on May 7. Four LDCs – Cambodia, Laos, Bangladesh and Nepal – met at a virtual workshop last week to explore potential

  • Nine US franchises eye Cambodia debut

    Nine famous US franchising companies are looking for business opportunities and expansion into Cambodia to build a footstep for a strong foundation in Southeast Asia. The US embassy in Phnom Penh, in partnership with the US Foreign Commercial Service and with support from the American

  • Lost in translation: ‘Starvation’ in capital’s designated red zones

    “DACH bay” is a Khmer slang meaning a “loss of income”, that could also be literally translated to «deprived of rice”, which alludes to starvation. However, civil society organisation (CSO) officials have independently confirmed the government’s prior assertions that there are no cases of