President Tran Dai Quang speaks at the meeting in Hanoi on January 12 (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – The court sector needs to work more closely with investigation, procuracy and relevant agencies to timely and strictly try cases of corruption and violations of economic laws, President Tran Dai Quang said on January 12.

At a meeting held by the Supreme People’s Court in Hanoi, the President, who also chairs the Central Steering Committee for Judicial Reform, said that if new crimes and new suspects are discovered during trials, criminal proceedings must be launched against them as soon as possible in order to soon punish culprits and recover stolen State assets.

He asked the court sector to enhance judicial cooperation with other countries and make use of foreign assistance to improve its capacity. It should also actively participate in multilateral judicial mechanisms to which Vietnam is a party, especially the mechanisms within the ASEAN framework and led by ASEAN.

Other sectors, ministries and localities need to strengthen coordination with courts at all levels in handling cases and verdict enforcement, he added.

President Quang applauded efforts by courts at all levels to carry out judicial reforms and fulfill targets and requirements assigned by the National Assembly, thereby helping to ensure security, protect the socialist rule of law, and create a stable environment for the country’s socio-economic development and international integration.

The Supreme People’s Court reported that courts across the country dealt with 93.4 percent of cases in 2016. The rate of verdicts and decisions abolished or amended due to the courts’ faults was 1.27 percent, down 0.08 percent from 2015.

Many serious cases were tried timely, strictly and in line with law, it said, adding that most civil and administrative cases were brought to trial within the regulated period of time.

At the meeting, President Quang presented the decisions on appointing 80 high-level judges.-VNA