Cambodia: Fair Trial Rights? – Justice in Cambodia (4).

Excessive pretrial detention, low levels of legal representation and judges persistently taking personal telephone calls during hearings.

Third bi-annual report: Fair trial rights in Cambodia

These are just a few of the worrying issues that continue to plague courts of first instance in Cambodia, the Cambodian Center for Human Rights said in a report released yesterday.

Main problem: Independence of judges.

One of the main problems highlighted in the report is perceptions of the independence of judges. There are still prosecutors or other lawyers which will enter the judge’s deliberation room during deliberations.

Develop a legal aid policy.

One of the key recommendations of the report is for the Royal Government to develop a legal aid policy for people living in poverty to have access to legal representation for free.