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Justice ministry clears 63% of legal case backlog

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Justice ministry clears 63% of legal case backlog

The Ministry of Justice said it had cleared 63 per cent of legal case backlog at all of the Kingdom’s courts and expected to complete the mission by year’s end.

Ministry spokesman Chin Malin told The Post on Sunday that in less than four months since the ministry launched the campaign, it had cleared 8,113 of the more than 12,000 unresolved cases it has targeted.

“During 100 days of implementation, our legal experts did not face any problems in tacking the backlog because all relevant parties are well aware of it,” he said.

Minister Koeut Rith launched the campaign on May 18, with four working groups created to deal with backlog at courts across the country. He said the ministry hoped to clear between 50 and 70 per cent of the cases within six months.

Malin, who heads the fourth working group tasked with clearing case backlog in southwestern provinces, said officials had followed mechanism laid out by the ministry’s Campaign Implementation Committee. He attributed the achievement to good cooperation among all relevant parties.

“We have to complete this task. All relevant parties will continue to work following released measures. We hope that it will be completely done by the end of this year,” Malin said.

Soeng Sen Karuna, spokesman for local rights group Adhoc, commended the committee’s efforts. He called on the ministry to do more to reform the judiciary.

“The reform of human resources and judicial system is what we want to see. It can restore citizens’ faith in the judiciary,” he said.

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