Cambodia - Judicial system





The 1993 constitution of the Kingdom of Cambodia provides due process protections such as presumption of innocence and also guarantees an independent judiciary. Efforts are still being made to train judicial personnel to implement these principles, and to ensure basic human rights for Cambodians.

Prior to 1989, the constitution of 1976 provided for a supreme judicial tribunal whose members were to be appointed by a People's Assembly. Because of the civil and military turmoil, however, this system was never fully implemented. The judicial system that was outlined in the constitution of 1989 provided for provincial court judges named by state officials. In practice, the judiciary was controlled by the government.

The current legal system consists of lower courts, an appeals court and a Supreme Court. There is also a military court system. The 1993 constitution provides for a Constitutional Council, and a Supreme Council of Magistrates, which appoints and disciplines judges. With low revenues and high crime rates plaguing Cambodia, the justice system is burdened by substandard police procedures. Many serious crimes, notably political killings, go unsolved. Police corruption and abusive imprisonment conditions remain endemic.

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dara Pichmolika
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Sep 1, 2007 @ 10:22 pm
Hi, I want to know more about judicial system of Cambodia. Does it is independence or not ?and the issue that practice today, is it contadict with cambodian constitution or not?

Thanks advance,
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Feb 4, 2010 @ 11:11 am
i wanted to know a little bit more about your court systems and criminal procedures
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Feb 25, 2010 @ 4:16 pm
it is safe to say that cambodian court is not independent yet due to the power of the three branches of the government is not separated clearly, but it does on the paper. but in practice has been seen executive influence the court and legislative.
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Jun 23, 2010 @ 9:21 pm
I feel that Cambodia is now so difficult to find the really separation of three power.
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Jul 8, 2010 @ 12:00 am
I want to know more about judicial system of Cambodia. Dose it is independence or not ? and the issue that practice to day,is it contadict with Cambodia constitution or not?
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Sep 13, 2010 @ 3:03 am
I would to know about court power, and could you also compare about constitution and court power ?
would be appreciate to hear from you at soonest !
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Nov 8, 2010 @ 9:21 pm
I like it,but it should include more information than this.
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Dec 22, 2010 @ 10:22 pm
i would like to know about the court and its constitutional power.

thanks in advance for ur cooperation.
regards,
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Feb 27, 2011 @ 1:01 am
Hi everyone,
I wanted to know more about Cambodia Judiciary. How many judges and who appoints them?
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Nov 22, 2011 @ 5:05 am
i want to know about story cambodia judicial.and to know about birthday judicial in worl.
Mok Phanith
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Jan 1, 2013 @ 9:21 pm
I want to know much more about principle of judicial system in Cambodia. Does it is influenced from government or not, because nowadays, I have seen a lot of judge dicisions are misconduct. For example of Mr. Chhuk Bandet in Svay Reang.

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