HCM CITY — President Truong Tan Sang yesterday asked the judiciary to further improve its performance to help ensure the people's rights, and the country's socio-economic development.
"The judiciary should be an important institution of the State to ensure people's rights, political stability, and socio-economic development," Sang said at a two-day review of court cases that opened in HCM City yesterday.
He appreciated the sector's performance, saying that despite the increase in number of trials last year, their quality improved. There had been no miscarriage of justice or overturned verdicts, he said.
But the President also called for a further improvement to the court system, especially the capabilities of juridical officials, and their ethical conduct.
He called for quickly resolving the shortage of judges at the province and district levels considering the increasing number of trials.
The President urged the officials to do their best to limit erroneous verdicts and sentences that could be overturned by higher courts.
Last year, out of 326,268 lawsuits, 299,309 came up for trial, with the rest being filed too late for trial in 2011, according to Truong Hoa Binh, chief judge of the Supreme People's Court. This meant the courts had to handle 36,983 trials more than in 2010, he said. The number of judgements that had to be modified due to judges' errors was 3.6 per cent lower.
Despite facing many difficulties, the judiciary was trying to complete its targets related to judicial and procedural reforms, human resources training, international co-operation, and others which played a role in political stability and social order, Binh said. —VNS