VietNamNet Bridge – To deal with cases relating to minors that are increasingly, the Supreme People’s Court is drafting a project on the establishment of the Family and Minor Court.
Lt. Gen. Tran Van Do, Deputy Chief Justice of the Supreme People’s Court, Chief Justice of the Central Military Court, said the main objective of the establishment of the Family and Minor Court is to more closely trial cases related to these subjects.
Lt. Gen. Do said the offense of juvenile is fundamentally trialed by the normal court, mainly the district-level People’s Court. Many cases are even publicly trialed in the home town of the offenders, which affects the future of juvenile offenders.
According to the draft plan developed by the Supreme People’s Court, the establishment of the Family and Minor Court derives from the fact that the crime committed by juveniles is on the rise and serious.
In 2009, the People’s Courts at all levels received 94,710 cases and trialed 89,609 cases involving marriage and family and 103,332 and 97,627 cases, respectively in 2010, and 121,848 and 115,331 cases in 2011.
The cases related to juvenile offenders were 2,953 cases with 4,055 offenders in 2009 and 2,516 cases and 3,471 defendants in 2011. Moreover, more minors are victims of sexual abuse, labor exploitation and violence.
Lawyer Nguyen Huu The Trach, from the HCM City Bar Association, said that the coordination between the procedure agencies in handling the cases of juvenile defenders is limited. Many investigators do not pay attention to the investigation of the causes, conditions, circumstances, personal conditions and school education…
According to General Do, the Family and Minor Court will help better address the specific relationship in the family; the relationship with the minor as well as the specific provisions should be applied. When this court is established, the cases relating to minors will be heard in confidence and create closeness to minors attending the trial.
Compiled by Mai Lan