Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Municipal court set to clear backlog with four new courtrooms



Municipal court set to clear backlog with four new courtrooms

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
The Ministry of Justice has announced the opening of four more courtrooms at the Phnom Penh Municipal Court to speed up proceedings as part of its campaign to clear a backlog of cases. The Ministry of Justice

Municipal court set to clear backlog with four new courtrooms

The Ministry of Justice has announced the opening of four more courtrooms at the Phnom Penh Municipal Court to speed up proceedings as part of its campaign to clear a backlog of cases.

The ministry said there are currently 12,000 cases left pending since last year.

Given the current backlog, it said the municipal court would not be able to handle the cases on its own, while some other provincial courts also face the same issue.

Phnom Penh Municipal Court prosecution spokesman Kuch Kimlong told The Post on Sunday that with the new additions, the court now boasts nine courtrooms.

“Previously we had five courtrooms, now the justice ministry has added four more,” he said.

Kim Santepheap – head of the First Working Group tasked with coordinating the clearing of case backlog at the courts in Phnom Penh, Kandal, Prey Veng and Svay Rieng provinces – also visited the four new courtrooms.

On May 18, the ministry created a committee made up of four working groups to address overcrowding in prisons across the Kingdom.

Justice minister Koeut Rith serves as committee director. He is joined by secretaries of state Chan Sotheavy and Prum Sithtra as deputies, and five other secretaries of state at the ministry as members.

The committee is tasked with issuing guidelines, rules and action plans necessary to implement effective campaigns to clear the backlog of cases at each municipal and provincial court.

The ministry expects to clear up to 70 per cent of pending cases in the first six months of its campaign.

Ministry secretary of state and spokesperson Chin Malin – who oversees the Fourth Working Group tasked with clearing the provincial courts of Kampong Speu, Takeo, Preah Sihanouk, Kampot and Koh Kong – said the ministry will keep the media posted on the results of the campaign.

“Courts across the country are now implementing this campaign to clear up case backlog. We will announce the results later,” he said.

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