Law and judiciary

Legal and judicial reform

Special panel formed to oversee judicial reforms

The King has issued a Royal Decree on the Organisation and Functioning of the Judicial Reform Steering Committee, with Minister of Justice Keut Rith and Chiv Keng, President of the Supreme Court, as the co-chairs, along with four vice-chairmen and 19 other members. ...

Torn Vibol

Justice minister urges focus on legal and judicial reform

Minister of Justice Koeut Rith calls on court and prosecutor’s office leaders as well as judicial and law enforcement officials at all levels to prioritise “legal and judicial reform”. He also called upon civil society organisation (CSOs) to endorse this initiative. ...

Kim Yutharo

Sar Kheng: Judicial reforms to bridge divide

Minister of Interior Sar Kheng on Thursday reaffirmed his vow to bridge societal divides by undertaking a major reform of the justice system. However, he warned that the task was huge and may take some time to achieve. Speaking at the 41st anniversary of Victory ...

Khorn Savi

CNRP, CPP to discuss judicial reform at National Assembly

The CNRP said on Tuesday it would join today’s meeting of the National Assembly’s agenda-setting permanent committee in hopes of pushing ahead with proposed amendments to a trio of contentious laws on judicial independence. ...

Kuch Naren and Zsombor Peter

China MoU to help ‘reform’ judiciary

China has signed an agreement to assist the Kingdom with judicial reforms and to share expertise in overhauling such systems, though one international expert yesterday cautioned that China shouldn’t be considered “a model for justice reform in Cambodia”. ...

Yesenia Amaro

Magistracy meet calls for order in the court

Judge and prosecutors were called to a two-day workshop to address the sector’s pervasive ethics challenges, but legal experts said change could not occur until there were concrete rules, instead of vague moral guidelines. ...

Mech Dara and Erin Handley

Judiciary allowances to see major increase

The top judge and prosecutor in Cambodia’s judiciary will see their allowances rise 300 per cent to $2,500, while those in lower courts are also in for significant hikes, according to a decree released yesterday. ...

Mech Dara and Shaun Turton

City mulling midnight curfew for clubs, bars

At midnight in some parts of Phnom Penh, the party is just getting started.But on Monday, City Hall said it was considering ordering all businesses that serve alcohol to close their doors by 12 a.m. to reduce fatal traffic accidents caused by drunk drivers. ...

Kang Sothear

KR tribunal judge resigns amid police inaction

Mark Harmon, the Khmer Rouge tribunal’s international co-investigating judge, announced Tuesday that he was stepping down from his position following almost a year of inaction by judicial police in executing arrest warrants in two government-opposed cases. ...

George Wright

Orphanage closed following accusations of sex

Three boys and a girl, one of whom is disabled, were removed from a Phnom Penh orphanage on Tuesday after its main donor accused its director of physical abuse and sexual misconduct. ...

Buth Kimsay and Maria Paula Brito

UN to review documents relating to Meas Muth

The U.N. plans to “review” a slew of newly declassified documents that show that judicial police ignored an arrest warrant for Khmer Rouge navy commander and accused war criminal Meas Muth, according to the U.N.’s special expert on the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of ...

Holly Robertson

Woman smuggles drugs into prison inside beans

A woman was arrested on Wednesday in Banteay Meanchey province for allegedly smuggling 12 methamphetamine pills into the provincial prison by slashing open green beans and tucking the pills inside, local police said Thursday. ...

Mech Dara

Official says ‘joking’ about ousted judge arrest

A day after making—and quickly retracting—claims to the media that disgraced Phnom Penh Municipal Court director Ang Mealaktei had been arrested, national military police spokesman Kheng Tito said Thursday that his comments had been made in jest. ...

Aun Pheap

Boeng Kak families accept swap to end land disputes

At least 16 more families that have been locked in a bitter and lengthy dispute with the municipal government over land in Phnom Penh’s Boeng Kak neighborhood accepted municipal governor Pa Socheatvong’s offer of a land swap Thursday morning. ...

Mech Dara

ACU chief denies arrest of ousted court director

Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU) chief Om Yentieng on Wednesday denied that ousted Phnom Penh Municipal Court director Ang Mealaktei had been arrested following two days of questioning over serious graft claims, despite two well-placed officials indicating otherwise. ...

Aun Pheap

Women’s rights activists dispersed by police

About 100 women’s rights activists were prevented from riding tuk-tuks to the National Assembly and the Phnom Penh headquarters of the ruling CPP on Tuesday, but successfully delivered a petition to the opposition CNRP demanding female representation on the reformed National Election Committee. ...

Kuch Naren

New Preah Sihanouk police chief vows to restore order

The new chief of the Preah Sihanouk provincial police force Monday vowed to carry out orders to protect and monitor foreigners in the seaside city of Sihanoukville after being officially appointed to the position in a ceremony earlier in the day. ...

Khy Sovuthy

Ministry completes probe of court director

The Justice Ministry on Monday said it had completed its investigation into bribery allegations against ousted Phnom Penh Municipal Court director Ang Mealaktei but refused to reveal the results. ...

Khy Sovuthy

National police chief calls for crackdown on petty criminals

National Police Commissioner Neth Savoeun on Tuesday called on Phnom Penh’s police forces to increase arrest rates in the city to 75 percent of reported crimes and also asked municipal judges to grant bail less frequently.​ . ...

Mech Dara

Ousted court director gave seized SUV to policeman son

The former director of the Phnom Penh Municipal Court, who was ousted last week amid allegations of serious corruption, gave a luxury SUV to his son—a local police official—after it was confiscated from a suspected drug trafficker, the National Police said in a statement Sunday. ...

Hay Pisey

CPP proposes new rules in election law talks

The ruling CPP, which has long used election-time generosity as a central campaign strategy, proposed a rule that would ban vote-buying on Friday during ongoing bipartisan talks to write a new election law. ...

Kuch Naren

Judge’s past offers little hope for real reform

In the highest-profile sacking since Prime Minister Hun Sen promised to rid the government of corruption after the CPP’s shock losses in the July 2013 election, the Phnom Penh Municipal Court’s chief judge was removed this week amid claims that millions of dollars had reversed ...

Alex Willemyns and Khy Sovuthy

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