King Norodom Sihamoni has issued royal decrees establishing appeal courts in Phnom Penh and in the provinces to facilitate appeal process, which are due to be operational by April 2020.
According to the royal decrees dated August 17, Phnom Penh Appeal Court is located in the capital, while three other regional appeal courts are based in Tboung Khmum, Battambang, and Preah Sihanouk provinces.
Now, the Kingdom has only one Appeal Court based in Phnom Penh.
Phnom Penh Appeal Court is tasked with receiving and settling appeal complaints filed against decisions made by the Phnom Penh Municipal Court and Kandal provincial court, including complaints sent back by the Supreme Court, it said.
If a regional appeal court could not be operational as expected, the Phnom Penh Appeal Court is authorised to take over those complaints, it said.
Tboung Khmum Appeal Court is charged with settling appeal complaints filed against the decision by the provincial courts of Kampong Thom, Preah Vihear, Kratie, Stung Treng, Ratanakiri, Prey Veng, Svay Rieng, and Tboung Khmum, including complaints sent back by the Supreme Court, the decree said.
The Battambang Appeal Court will handle appeal complaints from the provincial courts of Pursat, Battambang, Pailin, Banteay Meanchey, Oddar Meanchey, and Siem Reap, including complaints sent back by the Supreme Court, it said.
Preah Sihanouk Appeal court will handle appeal complaints from the provincial courts of Takeo, Kampot, Kampong Speu, Koh Kong, and Preah Sihanouk, as well as appeal complaints sent back by the Supreme Court, the decree said.
Justice Ministry spokesman Chin Malin said that the construction of the three regional appeal courts are underway in Battambang, Preah Sihanouk and Tboung Khmum provinces and are expected to be completed next year.