At the working session (Source: VNA)

HCM City (VNA) – Chief Judge of the Supreme Court of Thailand Cheep Jullamon worked with representatives from the People’s Court of Ho Chi Minh City on February 26 as part of activities during his ongoing working visit to Vietnam.

At the working session, the two sides shared their experience in adjudicating drug cases.

While briefing the Thai official on the professional work of the municipal People’s Court, Chief Judge Ung Thi Xuan Huong said the number of cases handled by her agency accounts for one sixth of that in the country, and increases about 10 percent each year.

According to Huong, the municipal two-level People’s Court received more than 75,000 cases in 2018, of which over 61,000 were resolved, reaching 80.94 percent. On average, each judge in the city handles around 12 cases per month.

Chief Justice Jullamon highly valued the efforts of HCM City’s judges, saying that he hopes the two sides will have more chances to share their experience in the time to come.

He highlighted several similarities of the two nations’ courts, noting that this is a favourable condition for their court officials to promote bilateral cooperation across a range of fields in a practical manner.

Regarding the trial of criminal drug cases, Pham Luong Toan, chief judge of the criminal court under the HCM City People’s Court, said more than 6,600 criminal cases were handled by his agency in 2018, roughly one quarter of which were related to drugs.

According to Jullamon, the number of drug cases marks up one third of criminal cases in his country.

The two sides’ courts need to boost cooperation and share experience in this work, contributing to effectively fighting this type of crime, he stressed. –VNA