UNDP and the Supreme People's Court of Viet Nam Cooperate to Promote Court Digitalization
March 23, 2023
UNDP Viet Nam joined hands with the Supreme People's Court to organize two training courses on virtual court hearings and the application of digital technology in court case management. The trainings took place on 20 March in Da Nang and 22 March in Ho Chi Minh City, providing knowledge to over 100 judges from the central and southern regions.
This initiative is part of the project "Judicial Integrity Network in ASEAN", launched in 2018 by UNDP Bangkok Regional Hub, supported by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL).
Mr Patrick Haverman, UNDP Deputy Resident Representative in Viet Nam, thanked INL for the continuous support and welcomed the participants by sharing the key elements of a successful risk mitigation strategy in virtual court hearings. Starting with a detailed guide for judges conducting virtual hearings to strengthen progress and weaken risks. Placing the citizens at the centre of digital transformation efforts and, finally, capacity building for judges to master their skills in using technology.
The trainings were co-chaired by Mr Tran Van Thu, Director General of International Cooperation Department, Supreme People's Court of Viet Nam, Mr Thomas Lyons, Director of INL Viet Nam, and Mr Rustum Nyquist, Representative of the US Consulate General.
Insightful experiences and practices on virtual trials were shared by the Chief Justice of the High People's Court of Da Nang city and Deputy Chief Justice of the People's Court of Ho Chi Minh City.
Representing the National Center for State Courts, Ms Danielle Hirsch and Mr Zach Zarnow provided practical knowledge on how US courts conduct trials online and how information technology supports case management providing Vietnamese judges with awareness of the digital tools available.
With AI tools rapidly developing, courts in Viet Nam have the opportunity to enhance public participation in the judicial process and build a transparent, integrity-driven court system.