Proposed law gives new powers to Justice Ministry

The last of three draft laws written with the aim of cleaning up the courts establishes four new judicial chambers, but legal and political experts worry that it does little to loosen the grip of Prime Minister Hun Sen’s Justice Ministry over the courts.

The draft Law on the Organization of Judicial Bodies, obtained this week, says it aims to ensure the independence of the courts, defend citizens’ freedom, enhance the effectiveness of public services and guarantee justice. Drawn up by the Ministry of Justice, the draft law is to be put before the Council of Ministers this week. …

Lauren Crothers and Hul Reaksmey