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Courts must stringently handle corruption cases: President

Update: January, 13/2017 - 09:57
President Trần Đại Quang delivers speech at a meeting held by the Supreme People’s Court in Hà Nội yesterday. — VNA/VNS Photo

HÀ NỘI — Courts must work more closely with police investigations, the State procuracy and other relevant agencies in cases of corruption and violations of economic laws, President Trần Đại Quang said yesterday.

At a meeting held by the Supreme People’s Court in Hà Nội, the President, who also chairs the Central Steering Committee for Judicial Reform, said that if new crimes and new suspects come to light in the course of trials, criminal proceedings must be launched against them as soon as possible in order to punish culprits and recover stolen State assets.

He asked the courts to enhance judicial co-operation with other countries and make use of foreign assistance to improve their capacity. They should also actively participate in multilateral judicial mechanisms to which Việt Nam is a party, especially mechanisms within ASEAN.

Other sectors, ministries and localities need to strengthen co-ordination with courts at all levels in handling cases and verdict enforcement, he added.

President Quang applauded efforts by courts at all levels to carry out judicial reforms and fulfill targets and requirements assigned by the National Assembly, thereby helping to ensure security, protect the socialist rule of law, and create a stable environment for the country’s socio-economic development and international integration.

The Supreme People’s Court reported that courts across the country dealt with 93.4 per cent of cases in 2016. The rate of verdicts and decisions overturned or amended due to the courts’ faults was 1.27 per cent, down 0.08 per cent from 2015.

Many serious cases were tried in a timely manner, strictly and in line with the law, it said, adding that most civil and administrative cases were brought to trial within the regulated period of time.

At the meeting, President Quang presented the appointments of 80 high-level judges. — VNS

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