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Justice Ministry reports over 60 percent of lower court cases cleared in 100 days

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Minister of Justice Keut Rith, centre, speaks at a news conference. KT/Chor Sokunthea

The Ministry of Justice announced today that it has cleared 63 percent of 8,113 criminal cases at lower courts across the country in the last 100 days as part of the effort to reduce court case backlogs in the Kingdom.

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The Ministry said the achievement demonstrates the hard work of the committee — established by the government in May — in tackling the backlog issue and addressing the challenges that obstruct court procedures.

“With participation from judges, prosecutors and relevant officials, the committee expects to clear all court case backlogs across the country by the end of 2020, while remaining true to the law and the principles of the campaign — which are fairness, justice and anti-corruption,” the statement said.

According to the ministry, there are 39,152 ongoing criminal cases — including 6,260 which are drug-related — still awaiting hearing. It said 6,693 were still being dealt with by prosecutors, 20,747 with investigating judges and 11,712 with trial judges.

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