The Ho Chi Minh City People’s Court on April 4 launched the Family and Juvenile Tribunal, the country’s first specialized court for children.
Speaking at the launching ceremony, Chief Justice of the Supreme People’s Court Truong Hoa Binh said the formation of the Family and Juvenile Tribunal as part of a people’s court was a major milestone for judicial reform.
|Chief Justice of the Supreme People’s Court Truong Hoa Binh (third from right) introduces a trial room of the Family and Juvenile Tribunal__Photo: Internet|
It is a step to concretize the Party’s line and State’s laws on protecting and developing Vietnamese families, while protecting, caring for and educating children in general and sanctioning juveniles who commit law-breaking acts in particular, he said.
The tribunal’s launch also showed Vietnam’s strong commitment to guaranteeing children’s rights through creating a comprehensive judicial system for children with the tribunal as a center and close coordination of related agencies and organizations, Binh said.
He added the tribunal was expected to improve the efficiency and quality of the settlement of family and juvenile-related cases.
|A children's room of the Family and Juvenile Tribunal in the Ho Chi Minh City People's Court__Photo: Internet|
Ung Thi Xuan Huong, Chief Justice of the Ho Chi Minh City People’s Court, said the tribunal consisted of three trial rooms and other specialized rooms designed in a way different from rooms for criminal trial in order to create friendliness for children.
Meanwhile, Youssouf Abdel-Jelil, UNICEF Representative in Vietnam, appreciated the creation of the Family and Juvenile Tribunal, expressing his hope that the tribunal would be the center of the national child protection system, which plays an important role in social welfare, security, justice, education, and healthcare, to avoid and address child protection-related risks.- (VLLF)