The People's Court has grown in quantity and quality since it was established in 1982 to serve the country, the People's Supreme Court (PSC) President, Khamphanh Sitthidampha, has said.
Addressing a meeting held on Friday to mark 35 years of the court, he noted the growth of the court alongside the socio-economic growth of the country during 2011-2016.
Around 29,700 cases were charged to courts across the country in the past five years, while verdicts had been delivered in more than 28,000 cases by courts of f irst instance, and litigants had agreed to implement 81 percent of these verdicts. Around 19 percent of decisions by courts of first instance had been appealed against by litigants, while the appeal courts mainly agreed with the decisions of the courts of first instance.
Laos currently has one Supreme People's Court, three courts of groups of provinces as appeal courts, 18 courts at the provincial level, 40 courts for district groups, and four military courts. The courts have around 2,000 employees, of whom 450 are judges and 319 assistants to judges.
Mr Khamphanh said the people's court had to persistently improve its organisational structure and build capacity by enhancing the political attributes, professional skills and foreign language skills of judges, and strengthening the court's role in macro management through enactment.
He said the judiciary had focused on upholding the effectiveness of judgements and verdicts of all courts at three levels for the system to be fast and transparent while following the slogan "careful, disciplinary, clear consideration, fair decision so to be enforceable".
According to the People's Supreme Court President, it is very important for the courts of first instance - which he said were closer to cases, disputes, information and evidence - to act as the first door to serve the public and be trusted by the people.
During the commemorative meeting, the President of the National Assembly, Ms Pany Yathotou, who is also in-charge of guiding justice affairs, presented the 35-year Memorial Medal to leaders, former leaders and officials for their outstanding service in the PSC.