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Mutual Legal Assistance law under review

Update: October, 01/2014 - 09:51
A short-term solution was proposed: setting up central government-level hotlines with countries in mutual legal assistance agreements with Viet Nam. — Photo cafebiz

HA NOI (VNS) — The Ministry of Justice (MOJ) held a conference yesterday to evaluate the implementation of the Law on Mutual Legal Assistance.

Passed six years ago, the law created a significant basis for legal co-operation with other countries. Viet Nam joined more mutual, regional and international legal agreements and treaties as a result of implementing the law, according to the MOJ.

The ministry also received 14,842 requests for judicial entrustment from Vietnamese authorities to deal with legal matters in other countries, as well as 2,876 requests for judicial entrustment from other countries, of which about half had been processed.

However, Deputy MOJ Minister Nguyen Khanh Ngoc said that Viet Nam's civil code was still an obstacle to international legal co-operation.

"The civil code lacks legal guidance regarding cases related to foreigners," he said.

He also urged the government to let courts make direct requests for co-operation to Viet Nam's representative offices overseas, in addition to simplifying legal procedures and strengthening co-operation among relevant authorities.

A short-term solution was proposed: setting up central government-level hotlines with countries in mutual legal assistance agreements with Viet Nam.

Participants also recommended revising and supplementing the law to keep it congruent with international agreements and treaties signed by Viet Nam.

In the long run, a separate law regulating different aspects of the Law on Mutual Legal Assistance should be created, they said. — VNS

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