President Tran Dai Quang (standing) speaks at the working session with the Vietnam Bar Federation (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA)
– President Tran Dai Quang asked the Vietnam Bar Federation (VBF) to forge ahead with judicial reforms and international integration while working with socio-professional organisations of lawyers in Hanoi on July 10.

The President, who is also head of the Central Steering Committee on Judicial Reform, told the federation to actively contribute to protecting the socialist legal system and the legitimate rights and interests of agencies, organisations, and individuals.

He said bar associations nationwide will hold congresses in 2018 in preparation for the third National Lawyers’ Congress for the 2020-2025 tenure.

The VBF should improve the institutional system ensuring lawyers properly perform their rights, obligations, and responsibilities according to legal provisions, President Quang said.

At the same time, it is import to be increasing the quality of proceedings at trial; building policies to promote legal consultancy activities; and encouraging lawyers to participate in legal aid activities for policy beneficiaries, revolutionary contributors, people in need, and ethnic minority groups, he added.

He ordered the VBF to effectively implement a strategy to develop the law profession in terms of capability and operational efficiency through 2020, and a scheme to develop lawyers to better serve international economic integration in 2010-2020.

The President hoped the VBF will promote its role in external relations and international cooperation in accordance with the Party’s and State’s policies and guidelines.

He requested that centrally-run judicial agencies soon provide guidance on the implementation of the Code of Criminal Procedure 2015 to ensure the legal practice of lawyers.

Currently, the country has over 12,500 lawyers. -VNA