Courts wade through hefty back­log

The Myanmar Times - - News - TOE WAI AUNG toe­wa­iaung@mm­times.com

THE new gov­ern­ment is try­ing to speed up the slug­gish ju­di­ciary, but is faced with an enor­mous back­log of cases.

Of the more than 170,000 crim­i­nal cases filed from Jan­uary 1 to June 30, nearly 50,000 have yet to go to trial, Union Supreme Court Chief Jus­tice U Tun Tun Oo said at a public meet­ing on Au­gust 4.

Bal­anc­ing the need to speed up the le­gal process while en­sur­ing ev­ery­one re­ceives jus­tice, the Supreme Court will work to­gether with lo­cal courts to dis­trib­ute the cases and man­age per­for­mance in or­der to boost public trust in the le­gal sys­tem, he said in his speech.

The Supreme Court worked through ex­actly half of its 1092 crim­i­nal cases, he said. State and re­gional courts got through a lit­tle more than half of their 5136 crim­i­nal cases. Dis­trict courts did bet­ter, work­ing through 6543 of their 11,290 crim­i­nal cases.

Town­ship courts had the best rate of trial com­ple­tion but were also re­spon­si­ble for a sig­nif­i­cant ma­jor­ity of the out­stand­ing cases. They heard nearly 120,000 of the roughly 160,000 crim­i­nal cases filed, leav­ing about 40,000 pend­ing.

Many civil cases are also still pend­ing, with the Supreme Court far­ing the best in those suits, cov­er­ing a bit more than half of the 2329 civil cases.

Yan­gon, Man­dalay and Nay Pyi Taw’s mo­tor ve­hi­cle courts got through all of their more than 60,000 cases. Nearly all of Yan­gon, Man­dalay and Nay Pyi Taw’s 18,881 cases in­volv­ing mu­nic­i­pal of­fences un­der city devel­op­ment law are com­plete.

Ad­vo­cate U Win Hlaing lauded the new gov­ern­ment for han­dling tri­als more ef­fi­ciently and trim­ming the num­ber of un­ad­dressed cases.

“The de­lays are oc­cur­ring be­cause there are so many left-over cases that are not fin­ished yet,” he said. – Trans­la­tion by Emoon

and Thiri Min Htun

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