Judges required to explain reasons behind pre-trial detention

Judges are now required to write a reasoned explanation when placing citizens in pre-trial detention, instead of simply checking a box as was previously practiced, Justice Minister Ang Vong Vathana said Tuesday. But the Ministry of Justice is also considering amending the criminal procedure code to transfer such powers to a panel, he added. … Ith Rady, an under-secretary of state at the Justice Ministry, said in a presentation Tuesday that the old method of determining whether pre-trial detention is necessary had been problematic because of the ambiguity surrounding a judge’s decision. …

Lauren Crothers