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Lawyers urged to protect the people

Update: December, 18/2012 - 09:56

HA NOI (VNS)— The Viet Nam Bar Federation should ensure member lawyers protect the legal rights of the people, President Truong Tan Sang said yesterday during his meeting with the association.

Since the bar was established in 2009, about 7,600 lawyers nationwide have become members.

Over the years, the association has taken an active role in the Government's national programme on administrative reforms, providing advice on several drafted amendments within the Criminal Procedure Code.

From 2007-2011, lawyers worked on more than 64,000 criminal cases.

However, Sang said that the bar should continue to work on improving the human resources quality of lawyers. He also noted that the number of lawyers taking part in procedures for criminal cases has been limited to about 9-10 per cent.

The bar recommended the Government and the Party consider amending the Criminal Procedure Code to improve the role of lawyers and ensure that the bar federation and lawyer's associations could fully co-operate with Government authorities. — VNS

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