Courts review starts

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The Justice Ministry has launched a 100-day campaign to improve the court system.

Ministry spokesman Chin Malin said while the system was widely regarded by outsiders as fair and without corruption, it was now time for a self-assessment to confirm its effectiveness.

“It was always our plan to begin this assessment in June. Now we have taken the first steps, said Mr Malin.

The first step involved questionnaires being circulated throughout ministry offices, related to the best way of running the department and managing its staff, he said. 

The report would also survey the level of satisfaction among those using the ministry as well as confidence among the public.

The next step would involve ministry officers consulting court staff and the results of those discussions being debated at a workshop.

San Chey, the national director of the NGO, Affiliated Network For Social Accountability, said he did not expect the campaign to make much difference and, having been first announced just before the election, it seemed to be politically motivated.

“The ministry wants to get back confidence it has lost,” he said. “I doubt it will be effective since most people have lost confidence in the court system.”

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