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Cabinet members questioned on reforms

Update: March, 23/2013 - 09:38
Chief Judge of the Supreme People's Court Truong Hoa Binh answers NA members' questions. — VNA/VNS Photo An Dang and Doan Tan

HA NOI (VNS)— The Chief Judge of the Supreme People's Court Truong Hoa Binh yesterday promised that the court sector would continue efforts to reform court proceedings, increase transparency and eliminate corruption from the legal system.

The judge was answering questions from National Assembly Standing Committee members ahead of the NA general session in May.

Legislators quizzed Binh on a number of issues, including how the Supreme Court intends to improve the sense of responsibility felt by judges and juries in local courts, enhance supervision during hearings, and ensure lawyers and adjudicators assigned to difficult cases have the necessary expertise.

NA member Do Van Duong raised concerns about the low number of corruption cases being brought to court and the high number of defendants in corruption cases being put on probation after trial, which has led to anger about a lack of transparency.

In reply, Binh said that the court only proceeds with cases transferred from the prosecutors of the People's Procuracy, and the court sector has been closely monitoring corruption cases to make sure they are pursued in accordance with the law.

He added that the sector is working on a new resolution more clearly defining suspended-sentence regulations.

The chief judge also admitted that there had been cases when court members accepted bribes. He declared that the sector was dealing with such violations very firmly.

Meanwhile, Minister of Education and Training Pham Vu Luan yesterday acknowledged that the education sector was facing chronic problems of outdated curriculums and textbooks, meaning that teaching standards were not meeting the needs of the market.

The minister reaffirmed his commitment to increasing the quality assurance processes at universities and educational institutions.

The NA members also expressed concerns about the high number of students currently unable to find jobs. Luan said that this was the result of education not meeting the market demand, but he did not provide any solutions. — VNS


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