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Deputies discuss People's Court law

Update: September, 24/2014 - 09:03
Chairman of the National Assembly Nguyen Sinh Hung. — VNA/VNS Photo Phouong Hoa

HA NOI (VNS) — Chairman of the National Assembly Nguyen Sinh Hung yesterday called for clarification of the draft amended Law on the Organisation of the People's Court.

He said it needed to reflect the spirit of the Constitution by showing that the court has the judicial power and was an independent agency in its proceedings.

Hung was speaking at a discussion session of the NA Standing Committee on the draft law.

Representative of the People's Supreme Court suggested that the draft law give more competence to the Court in investigating and collecting evidence in criminal cases when necessary.

However, representative of the NA Judicial Committee said investigating and collecting evidence was the job of investigative units and in reality, no countries in the world allowed a court to carry out investigations and collect evidence.

However, the committee agreed with the People's Supreme Court that there was a need to establish a new specialised court to deal with administrative tasks which fall within people's courts. This new court is proposed to be named "Administrative Court".

On the same day, NA deputies also discussed the draft law on NA deputies and People's Council deputies election.

All agreed that it was necessary to have a law regulating the matter. Regarding the criteria for candidates, some deputies said the law needed to have more detailed requirements as well as identifying the difference between candidates for NA deputy title and candidates for the title of People's Council deputy.

While the draft law said that candidates for these titles must submit a health report issued by authorised medical agencies and a judicial certificate, many deputies disagreed.

NA Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung said the requirement to submit such documents would be a waste of time and money.

On the other hand, NA Vice Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan said the draft law had not addressed gender equality in making lists of candidates and suggested this should be clarified in the draft law.

Deputies agreed with an official document explaining why voting had not been organised for many overseas Vietnamese.

They suggested the issue be studied further so that Vietnamese citizens around the world could practise their voting rights. — VNS

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