Six Appeal Court officials are set to retire before the end of the year following a Royal Decree signed by King Norodom Sihamoni.
According to the decree signed on Monday, Appeal Court Judges Samreth Sophal and Nguon Im and Appeal Court prosecutors Sok Roeun, Pann Kimlean, Hing Bunchea, and Ly Lon will retire on September 1.
“The Supreme Council of Magistracy and Prime Minister Hun Sen are responsible for implementing the Royal Decree, valid from [July 22],” the decree said.
Judge Sophal yesterday said he has been an Appeal Court judge for almost 30 years.
“I started work as judge at the Appeal Court in the 1990s,” he said, adding that he’s proud to have served the nation. “I am very happy that I’ve worked to serve the nation and its people for almost 30 years.”
He noted that his predecessor should apply the same pride.
“Please, the next generation of judges must try their best for our nation,” Judge Sophal said.
Mr Bunchea said it is required by law that he retires and he will respect the decision.
Kim Santepheap, spokesman for the Justice Ministry, yesterday said the law requires judges and prosecutors to one day retire.
“We must carry out the law on the status of judges and prosecutors of the Kingdom,” Mr Santepheap said.
Sam Pracheameanith, spokesman of Supreme Council of Magistracy, could not be reached for comment yesterday.
Justice Minister Ang Vong Vathana could not be reached for comment yesterday.