The Supreme People’s Court on May 27 hosted a seminar on publication of judgments of Vietnamese people’s courts.
In implementing the judicial reform strategy through 2020, the Supreme People’s Court has recently published three volumes of criminal, civil, commercial and administrative judgments made according to cassation or reopening procedure by the Supreme People’s Court’s Judicial Council during 2010-12, with financial aid of the European Union, and governments of Denmark and Sweden under the Justice Partnership Program.
Such collection of court judgments has been provided to all judges of the Supreme People’s Court and provincial- and district-level People’s Courts, and concerned agencies, universities and research institutions.
Addressing the seminar, Permanent Deputy Chief Justice of the Supreme People's Court Bui Ngoc Hoa said that the publication would help the public better understand and supervise the adjudication process of courts.
It will serve as an important source of reference for judges while settling cases of similar nature and help increase responsibility of judges for making judgments and rulings, and make the public aware of the role of people’s courts in protecting rights and interests of the State and lawful interests of citizens.
The publication of judgments will also contribute to the improvement of the country’s legal system, especially when the Law on Organization of People’s Courts becomes effective in June. It is also expected to show the transparency and publicity of court adjudication in Vietnam to foreign investors, Hoa said.
Under the Vietnamese law, people’s courts at all levels conduct trials in a public manner. In case state secrets and fine national traditions and customs are involved, or it is necessary to keep confidential privacy of concerned parties, court hearings behind closed doors would be conducted, but judgments must be publicly pronounced.-