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Law aims to boost legal awareness of civil servants

Update: March, 14/2012 - 09:31

The director of the Ministry of Justice's Department on Legal Education, Nguyen Duy Lam, spoke to Tien Phong (Vanguard) about the proposed Law on Legal Education and Dissemination.

What is the objective of this proposed law?

A key objective of the law is to improve the knowledge of public employees to enable them to perform their duties more effectively. In recent years, instances of civil servants – including law enforcement officials – violating the law have been on the rise. In some cases, the violations have been serious and they have been tried and sentenced to prison. But instances of officials who have been fined or even dismissed from their current positions have also been increasing. This is the core reason we want to strengthen the legal knowledge of these people.

On the road, even children know that we have to drive on the righthand side and stop at red lights. Yet many civil servants are reported to violate the traffic laws, and this has been a cause for concern in society. In my opinion, the problem is the low awareness of people, including civil servants. It's the same with corruption. Everyone knows that corruption is bad and everyone should fight it. Yet it is reported here and there in our country. I hope once this law is promulgated, what's written in the law will be reflected and implemented in real life, whether the people involved are ordinary citizens or public employees.

What are the main groups that the law targets?

It is designed for everyone, but it focuses on eight main groups. Civil servants are the primary group targeted. For this group, we will mandate oral and direct education and dissemination about the provisions of the law. We are in the process of compiling a decree that would require any person to have a certificate verying that they have attended a course on the law before being appointed to a new position. — VNS

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