Chief Justice of the Supreme People’s Court of Vietnam Nguyen Hoa Binh (R) presents 500 million VND donated by staff of the Vietnamese court sector to help Lao people affected by the recent dam collapse (Photo: VNA)

Vientiane (VNA) – Leading officials of the supreme people’s courts of Vietnam and Laos on July 27 noted that cooperation between the two court systems has developed in an increasingly substantive manner.

During their talks in Vientiane, Chief Justice of the Supreme People’s Court of Vietnam Nguyen Hoa Binh and his Lao counterpart Khamphan Sitthidampha also said that at the central level, the two sides have regularly exchanged delegations and shared experience in judging activities and judicial reform. 

Meanwhile, many courts of border provinces have signed memoranda of understanding to create legal foundation for promoting cooperation in crime fight. They have also coordinated to carry out joint activities, especially in judicial entrustment, in an effective manner, thus greatly helping with the settlement of criminal, civil and marriage cases.

The officials shared the view that both countries are determined in combating crimes, especially organised and transnational crimes. Therefore, to improve this work, Vietnam and Laos should push ahead with realising their Treaty on Mutual Legal Assistance in Civil and Criminal Matters, along with the two Governments’ agreement on drug prevention and control. They also need to exchange information about the crime situation and the handling of transnational crimes and crimes involving Vietnamese people in Laos and Lao people in Vietnam.

The chief justices also expressed their delight at the mutual support at international and regional forums, affirming that they will continue assisting each other in the coming time.

At the talks, Khamphan Sitthidampha spoke highly of the two court sectors’ partnership, particularly Vietnam’s support for Laos to set up administrative courts in its court system. He asked the Vietnamese side to continue to give training to and help Lao judges improve their capacity.

He also thanked the Vietnamese Party, State and people, including the Supreme People’s Court of Vietnam, for continually assisting the Lao people in all circumstances throughout history, including the timely manpower and material aid for victims of the Sepien-Senamnoi hydropower dam break in Attapeu province.

Nguyen Hoa Binh said Vietnam is ready to not only give short-term training but also send experts to share professional expertise with Lao judges. He noted that the Vietnamese supreme court has asked the Prime Minister to grant 10 scholarships for Lao university students to study at the Vietnam Court Academy, and these scholarships will be granted as from 2019.

On this occasion, the official also presented 500 million VND (over 21,500 USD) donated by staff of the Vietnamese court sector to help Lao people affected by the recent dam collapse.-VNA