Minister of Justice Koeut Rith advised alumni and court clerk students of the Royal School of Court Clerk at the Royal Academy of Judicial Professions to fulfil their duties honourably. There are currently 688 court clerk students enrolled in the programme.
Rith made the remarks as he presided over a ceremony of issuing formal uniforms for the fifth and sixth batches of alumni of the Royal School of Court Clerk on Tuesday. The uniforms were presented to 210 alumni.
Rith said he appreciated the efforts by the leadership and officials at all levels of the Royal Academy of Judicial Professions. He said they have strived to produce human resources in the judicial field. The resources included judges, prosecutors, clerks, bailiffs and notaries. He said the hope is that they are filled with virtue and knowledge to honour the judicial sector.
“The important roles and the duties of clerks in all tasks and procedures are indispensable as they are the assistants of the courts and prosecutors. Court clerk students have to strive to serve justice well as they are providing a public service to citizens,” he said.
The minister also thanked all clerks for taking an active part in the campaign to address a backlog of cases at municipal and provincial courts.
A report by Chhorn Proloeung, the president of the Royal School of Court Clerk at the Royal Academy of Judicial Professions, said a total of 688 clerks had graduated from the programme since the first batch graduated in 2008. The seventh batch of 116 clerks is undergoing training.
Justice ministry spokesman Chin Malin said on Thursday that clerks have been following the instructions of the justice minister to carry out their work. He encouraged them to continue their efforts.
“The roles and duties of these clerks are important. They provide technical assistance to judges and prosecutors. They perform the procedures concerning cases, so their roles are important. Without the help of clerks, some tasks and cases can be slow to be handled and can also experience a backlog,” he said.
Sok Sam Oeun, director of the Cambodia Defenders Project, agreed that clerks had important roles in processing cases quickly for judges and prosecutors.
“If clerks do their work transparently without involving themselves in [bribes], the courts will not have problems and will not be slow to address cases. Judges depend on clerks to press each case to be finished soon,” he said.