Sunday, January 25, 2009

RAJP to Recruit More Students of Law

BY BUTH REAKSMEY KONGKEA

Koeut Sekano, Secretary General of the Royal Academy for Judicial Professions (RAJP), said that his organization plans to recruit 50 student judges, 63 court clerks, 36 bailiffs and 15 notary students in 2009. The Secretary General said that there were 81 court clerk students recruited by the RAJP in the previous year.

The students who want to apply for training must have been awarded at least a Bachelor’s Degree in law, said Sekano. He added that the judge and court clerk student selection examination will take place in February 2009; the bailiff student selection exam will in take placed in March; and the notary students’ selection exam will be in April.

“This is the first time that RAJP has recruited bailiff and notary students for study in Cambodia. The main purpose of the training is to provide the very specific set of skills that will help Khmer students fill in some human resource gaps in the legal sector.” he said during an interview with the Cambodia Weekly on January 19.

The Secretary General emphasized that the legal training will take place over two years; court clerk training will last for one year, bailiff training is for two years, and notary training will take place over 2 years and 6 months. He said that the training was to be conducted in both Khmer and English and classes will run at RAJP every morning and afternoon from Monday to Friday.

“I hope with the strict selection exams, my organization will able to select qualified students to attend the training courses this year,” he said. “As we aim to populate the Supreme Court, the Appeals Courts and Provincial Courts,” he added.

Training courses are divided into three phases; the first phase will provide eight months of classroom theory, the second phase will mark a year of internship and the third phase will provide the opportunity for legal specialization, lasting four months.

Regarding schooling for court clerks, training will take place over 5-months, followed by six months of internship and one month’s specialized training.

The Secretary General confirmed that to enhance judicial skills, the schools sent three students to serve as interns with the courts in Australia in 2007, and in 2008, the school sent 12 students to serve as interns at courts in France, Germany, Holland and Singapore.

The school has now sent students to work with the Supreme Court, Appeals Courts and the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC), and as well provincial courts in 24 cities and provinces across the Kingdom of Cambodia.

Successful candidates in the Judges Scheme will receive a qualification equivalent to a Master’s Degree”, and for those who completed the Court Clerk courses, there will be a “Diploma of Professional Court Clerkship”.

The RAJP was established on January 21, 2005. The school now consists of five sub-departments including a Secretariat, the Royal School for Judicial Professions (RSJP), the Royal School for Court Clerk Professions (RSCCP), the Royal School for Bailiff Professions (RSBP), and the Royal School for Notary Professions (RSNP).

He said that the RSBP and RSNP were created in August 2008. He added that the RAJP is situated in compound of the Royal School of Administration (ERA), in Phnom Penh.

Up to now there have been a total of 110 judge students attending training courses. All of them have found jobs with the Supreme Court, the Appeals Court and Provincial Courts.

From 2006 to 2008, RAJP invited all judges, prosecutors, investigating judges, court clerks and lawyers who worked with Supreme Court, the Appeals Court and Provincial Courts across the nation to attend the RSJP’s training courses in Phnom Penh.

The training courses range form two weeks up to three-month duration. The training courses review new penal codes, new civil codes, child trafficking laws, domestic violence laws and related laws and documents, according to Sekano.

Sok Chakriya, 27, a law student graduating from the University of Cambodia (UC), said that she wanted to study as a notary in order to create a law firm in Cambodia in future.

“I have applied for Notary Studies with RSNP because I want to be a lawyer. If I pass the exam and complete my training courses, then I will establish a law firm as my own business in Cambodia,” she said. “To reach my goal, I will learn hard and do my best to pass the RSNP’s exam,” she added.

Yeth Colketya, 22, another law student graduating from the Royal University of Law and Economic Sciences (RULE) in Phnom Penh, said that he applied for training with RSJP to become a Judge.

“I have just completed a Bachelor Degree in law from RULE, and now I have applied to study with RSJP because I want to be a judge,” he said. “If I pass the exam, I will study hard, complete the training courses and then apply for work with the courts after my graduation,” he added. //

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