The Ministry of Justice said the new Appeal Court in Preah Sihanouk province could not start operating from yesterday because the construction had not finished.
The court was one of three new provincial appeal courts scheduled to begin hearings from yesterday.
A ministry statement said the construction was delayed due to the spread of the coronavirus in Sihannoukville.
“The ministry will announce a new date later,” it said.
However, Justice Ministry spokesman Chin Malin said yesterday the two other courts in Battambang and Tboung Khmum provinces had started operating as scheduled yesterday.
“The provincial appeal courts are to facilitate speedier processing of cases and people in these provinces will no longer need to come to Phnom Penh for hearings,” he said.
On March 23, the Ministry of Justice announced three appeal courts in Battambang, Tboung Khmum, and Preah Sihanouk province would begin hearing cases from April 1, 2020 after King Norodom Sihamoni issued royal decrees to establish them.
It said the Tboung Khmum Appeal Court will handle appeals filed against decisions made by the provincial courts of Kampong Thom, Preah Vihear, Kratie, Stung Treng, Ratanakiri, Prey Veng, Svay Rieng, and Tboung Khmum.
The Battambang Appeal Court will handle appeals against decisions by the provincial courts of Pursat, Battambang, Pailin, Banteay Meanchey, Oddar Meanchey, and Siem Reap.
The Preah Sihanouk Appeal Court is to handle cases from the provincial courts of Takeo, Kampot, Kampong Speu, Koh Kong, and Preah Sihanouk.
All three appeal courts will also handle cases referred back by the Supreme Court.