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October 22, 2018

Union Supreme Court receives 882 criminal cases, 1,427 civil lawsuits from Jan-June

Union Chief Justice U Htun Htun Oo delivers the opening speech at the meeting in Nay Pyi Taw. Photo: MNA

The Supreme Court of the Union and State and Regional High Courts held their 15th coordination meeting at the meeting hall of the Supreme Court’s building in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday morning.
Union Chief Justice U Htun Htun Oo delivered the opening speech at the meeting, saying that in order to strengthen the judicial sector and pave the way for a system of fair judgement free from prejudice and corruption, appropriate responsibilities have been assigned to officials throughout all levels of the state, region, district and township judicial authorities to ensure everyone carries out their duties and obligations. This is why judges should be free of prejudice and corruption in administering justice so that a judicial system the people can trust will emerge, he said.
The Union Chief Justice said they are implementing the fifth strategic action area outlined in the Judicial Strategic Plan (2018-2022), which focuses on promoting efficient case management and court specializations. The nationwide legal case management programme began implementation in state and region courts on 1 August. He said this system is needed for the emergence of better high-quality justice, as well being an important index for measuring Myanmar’s economic operations. Afterwards, the Union Chief Justice announced that the Supreme Court of the Union has, between 1 January and 30 June 2018, received 882 criminal cases and completed scrutinizing 852 cases; 1,427 civil lawsuits and completed scrutinizing 1,323 lawsuits; 147 writs of habeas corpus and, in addition to the previous year’s 26 remaining cases, have completed scrutinizing 173 writs.
The State and Region High Courts have received 3,501 criminal cases and, in addition to 20 cases from the previous year, have completed scrutinizing 3,521 cases; 2,882 civil lawsuits and have completed scrutinizing 2,521 lawsuits. The District Courts have received 10,870 criminal cases and completed scrutinizing 9,428 cases; 6,805 civil lawsuits and finished scrutinizing 5,406 lawsuits.
Township Courts have received 155,828 criminal cases and have completed scrutinizing 149,275 cases; 15,461 civil lawsuits and have completed scrutinizing 12,257 lawsuits. Concerning the other courts constituted by law, the juvenile courts (Yangon and Mandalay) have received 164 lawsuits filed with the Child Law and, in addition to 10 cases from the previous year, have completed scrutinizing 174 lawsuits. The courts to try municipal offences (Nay Pyi Taw, Yangon, Mandalay) have received 9,956 lawsuits filed with the Municipal Act and have completed scrutinizing 9,945 lawsuits. The courts to try traffic offences (Nay Pyi Taw, Yangon, Mandalay) have received 58,594 lawsuits filed for violation of vehicle rules and road discipline and have completed scrutinizing them.
Attending the coordination meeting were Supreme Court judges, Chief Justices of the High Court of Regions and States, permanent secretaries, directors-general, deputy directors-general and directors, and state and regional legal personnel. The coordination meeting will continue till 11 August (tomorrow).

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