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Source: Socialist Republic of Vietnam

The requirement was made by Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc during an online conference held on December 21 to review People’s Court operations in 2020 and launch new tasks for next year.

Speaking at the meeting, PM Phuc stated that despite facing many difficulties and challenges during this term, the People’s Court system along with the nation achieved many important and comprehensive achievements across almost all fields, especially in terms of judicial renovation to improve court quality.

During the 2016-2020 term, the rate of settlement of judgments was high (over 97%), exceeding the target assigned by the National Assembly (compared with the previous term, the number of cases accepted increased by 35%, those resolved up 33%).

The judiciary has deployed many solutions to enhance discipline in its public service, while supervision of judges has been enhanced, along with improving facilities for the court system and enhancing international cooperation.

Regarding tasks for the new term, PM Phuc emphasised that the court sector should focus on implementing the Resolutions of the 13th National Party Congress and other resolutions of the Party and the National Assembly on judicial work and judicial reform, stressing that reform is the driving force to improve the quality and efficiency of the courts.

PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc (C, first row) joins delegates in a group photo at the event. (Photo: NDO/Tran Hai)

He also stated that court activities must protect justice, protect human rights and civil rights and defend the socialist regime, as well as the legitimate rights and interests of organisations and individuals, thereby bringing justice to society and enhancing people’s trust and belief in both justice and in the judiciary.

To do this, court activities must uphold the law, ensure equality and enhance openness, transparency, impartiality and independence in decision making, the PM suggested.

The courts should further strengthen the assurance of litigation in adjudication while ensuring the defendants’ rights and strengthening reconciliation and dialogue in civil and administrative cases to resolve conflicts and create greater consensus in the society.

The judiciary should proactively and actively implement anti-corruption work as directed by the Central Steering Committee on Anti-Corruption, speed up the progress and strictly adjudicate corruption and complicated economic cases under the motto of “no restricted zones, no exceptions.”

PM Phuc also asked for consolidation of the court apparatus and an enhancement in the capacity of its staff toward a modern and streamlined direction. In addition, the sector should increase information technology application with a view to building an e-court system in the near future.

At the conference, the Supreme People’s Court of Vietnam launched and connected its public service system to the National Public Service Portal.

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