Seventy-Eight Judges and Court Officials Reshuffled

With new laws in the pipeline to reform the judiciary, the Supreme Council of Magistracy has announced a reshuffling of judges and court staff, with 78 officials promoted or transferred, according to a royal decree signed April 6.

The job changes, which include senior judges and prosecutors at the Supreme Court, Appeal Court and provincial courts, is a standard rotation of judges and prosecutors meant to curb corruption, according to Sam Pracheameanith, cabinet chief for the Ministry of Justice.

“It is a normal thing since judges and prosecutors cannot work more than four years [in the same position] and therefore must be changed,” he said.

“But the reshuffle by the Supreme Council of Magistracy to transfer the roles of judges is also part of the deep [judicial] reform process of this fifth-mandate government,” he added.

The most significant changes are to the Supreme Court, where the shuffle sees Phnom Penh Municipal Court director Chiv Keng moving to deputy director of the Supreme Court. Nil Nonn, director of the Siem Reap Provincial Court, was also promoted to deputy director of Cambodia’s highest court.

Mr. Keng confirmed yesterday that he had been promoted and said the transfer was nothing unusual.

“It is my duty and obligation and it is a normal thing,” he said.

Phnom Penh Municipal Court judges Seng Neang, Chaing Sinath, Sem Sakola and Te Sam Ang all become Supreme Court judges.

Five judges ascended to the Appeal Court, including Phnom Penh Municipal Court Judge Sin Visal and Kandal Provincial Court director Judge In Vanvibol.

“When the state orders us to go work somewhere, we go to work there,” Judge Vanvibol said yesterday.

Among the 59 transfers and promotions at the provincial and municipal court level were Aing Maldey, director of Banteay Meanchey Provincial court, who will become the new Phnom Penh Municipal Court director.

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