August 4, 2023

Republic of the Union of Myanmar Public Release

The Ministry of Justice is playing great emphasis on implementing the Rule of Law  for the people during the Interim period; likewise, the whole National Unity Government  of the Republic of The Union of Myanmar is exerting effort in every aspect to ensure the  success of the people’s revolution against the dictatorship.  

The Ministry of Justice has been able to successfully carry out Rule of Law  activities to some extent during the interim period, and in addition to that, we also have  numerous initiatives in the pipeline that will further expand.  

The Ministry of Justice recognizes that providing legal services and establishing functional courts, law offices, and prisons are crucial activities during the interim period. 

The Ministry of Justice is well aware that it is the people’s wish that the secret  trials and perversion of the courts by the terrorist junta be swiftly replaced by a fair and  just legal system accessible by all. To do that, we need skillful judges, prosecutors and  lawyers, and said individuals also need to understand that “the law is the defender of  the people, not a tool of the powerful.” 

The Ministry has been active in training both judges and prosecutors, many of  whom are already providing judicial proceedings in areas where the NUG can safely do  so. As the breadth of those areas increases, so too will the need for additional judges, law  officers and lawyers. We are cooperating with the Union Ministries, government 

departments, Parliaments, People’s Defense Forces, Ethnic Armed Organizations, and  Civil Society Organizations to train those persons who are selected as judges, law officers  and lawyers to ensure that they are trained to provide competent rulings under the  present constraints that are placed by the situations on the ground during this active  revolutionary period. 

To date, the Ministry, along with its partners, has provided multiple training  sessions for judges and law officers who are serving in the respective areas. Due to  security concerns, some of those trainings have been provided virtually or in a hybrid  model.  

The Alternative Dispute Resolution training is now being delivered to 19 judges,  5 law officers, and 6 officers from the headquarters from August 3rd to August 5th. These trainings will be extremely beneficial in reaching an effective settlement related to  cases arising in our communities. 

The Ministry of Justice is working towards delivering prosecution training  courses for law officers, orientation training and refresher training courses to enhance  the capacity of judges and law officers, as well as legal training courses for military  officers and administration officers, in the near future.  

The Ministry is also working with the other ministries of the NUG and other  organizations to recruit and appoint appropriate persons for the sectors of implementing  justice and provide necessary trainings as the people fight to liberate their homes,  townships and districts from the illegal rule of the terrorist military council. 

Despite the challenges that they face, the courts have been active. Up to June 2023,  74 civil cases and 306 criminal cases were heard and tried, with 29 of the civil cases and 173 of the criminal cases being resolved and decided. As a result, the percentage of  resolution is 53%. 

The structure and procedures of courts that are now operating in accordance with  the situations on the ground during the interim period are one of the initial steps towards  courts that will be established in the future Federal Union. The people of Myanmar  deserve a judicial system that is fair, impartial, and consistent with democratic standards.  We, the Ministry of Justice, are committed to achieving that to the best of our abilities  with what we have to build that kind of judicial system that the people demand and  deserve. 

Ministry of Justice 

National Unity Government

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