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Thursday, July 16, 2020

Publicity of courts’ judgments a must

Updated: 15:32’ - 30/05/2017
Courts must now ensure publicity and transparency of their activities as well as the rights to receive information from courts of individuals, agencies and organizations.

Chief Justice of the Supreme People’s Court Nguyen Hoa Binh addresses the seminar__Photo:

This was remarked in an online seminar held by the Supreme People’s Court on May 25 to train the formulation of judgments and decisions according to cassation procedures of People’s Courts.

Addressing the seminar, Chief Justice of the Supreme People’s Court Nguyen Hoa Binh stressed the need to promote publicity and transparency in courts’ activities in general and publicize legally effective judgments or decisions of courts in particular.

This is to conform with international practices and also a major guideline of the Party that was identified in Politburo Resolution No. 49 dated June 2, 2005, on judicial reform strategy to 2020.

Under Resolution No. 03/2017/NQ-HDTP of the Judicial Council of the Supreme People's Court of March 16, 2017, on publicization of judgments and decisions via e-portals of courts, the announcement of a legally effective judgment or decision must strictly comply with several principles. Specifically, it must not infringe upon the State's interests, public interests or rights and legitimate interests of agencies, organizations and individuals; ensure its accuracy and timeliness and easy public access; and must not be used for illegal purposes.

Resolution No. 03 also lists judgments and decisions which will not be publicized, including those of cases under trial behind closed doors; and cases under public trial but having contents being state secrets, family secrets or personal secrets or required to be kept confidential by procedure participants; judgments or decisions not yet effective; or those involving procedure participants under 18.

The Resolution requires publication of courts’ judgments or decisions on e-portals within 30 days after their effective date.- (VLLF)

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