HA NOI (VNS) — A VND469.3 billion (US$22.3 million) plan to turn Viet Nam's Judicial Academy into a major training centre for the profession was recently approved by the Prime Minister.
The seven-year plan, consisting of two phases - 2013-15 and 2016-20, aims to improve the quality of training for judge and prosecutor positions, while increasing the number of lawyers, bailiffs, notarists and other legal officials under the management of the Ministry of Justice.
Of the total funding, VND40 billion ($1.9 million) will be spent on training, over VND381 billion (over $18.1 million) will go towards implementation of the strategy of judicial reforms specified in Decree 49 and over VND48 billion (nearly $2.3 million) will be spent on the construction of facilities and research activities.
The plan aims to educate a total of 12,600 officials in the judicial branch by 2015, which would turn out an average of 4,200 legal officials each year.
Specifically, 500 judges, 300 prosecutors and 2,500 lawyers will be ready to join the labour market each year. The students also have access to general training programmes, including modules on international integration, leading to jobs as professional judges, prosecutors and lawyers.
In addition, the plan will enforce close co-operation among the Judicial Academy, Ha Noi Law University, Ho Chi Minh City University of Law and other law centres in organising career orientation activities for students.
Apart from merit-based scholarships, ethnic minority students and those from remote and disadvantaged areas will be offered tuition exemption or reductions, which aims to ensure the even distribution of legal officials between different regions upon graduation from judicial institutions. — VNS