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ASEAN has council of chief judges

Delegates at the fourth ASEAN Chief Justices’ Meeting last week agreed to rename the meeting as the Council of ASEAN Chief Judges (CACJ).

    

Delegates pose for a group photo at the fourth ASEAN Chief Justices’ Meeting in HCMC last week - PHOTO: TTXVN


HCMC – Delegates at the fourth ASEAN Chief Justices’ Meeting last week agreed to rename the meeting as the Council of ASEAN Chief Judges (CACJ).
The institutionalization of CACJ as an entity of ASEAN in accordance with the ASEAN Charter will pave the way for long-term cooperation among the courts of regional countries and respect their independence in terms of institutions.

At the one-day meeting in HCMC on April 1 the ASEAN chief justices issued a joint statement as a consensus to enhance cooperation in the judicial sector as stated in the 2015 Boracay agreement.

The chief judge of Vietnam’s Supreme People’s Court, currently the chair of CACJ, is delegated to send the ASEAN a proposal for recognizing CACJ with the assistance of Singapore.

CACJ appointed representatives from each country’s tribunal system to a research group for the council’s tasks in the coming time. Singapore is assigned to continue negotiations to seek the sponsorship of the ASEAN Courts’ portal.
The ASEAN Chief Justices’ Meeting is an annual event, with the first held in Singapore in 2013. The second and third meetings were hosted by Malaysia and the Philippines in 2014 and 2015.

It has ratified and established the ASEAN Courts’ portal and a mechanism to transfer legal documents in civil procedures between ASEAN members in addition to judicial training.

Quang Chung

 

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