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NA approves amendment of court fee law

The National Assembly yesterday approved the amendment of the Law on Court Fees to reflect the reality of the nation while ensuring transparency and accountability in fee collection and related expenses.
The new amended law determines the principles and measures concerning the collection and payment of court fees to ensure uniform collection of court fees throughout the country, to create favourable conditions for relevant authorities to perform their roles better to provide justice and to contribute to the State budget.
The President of the People’s Supreme Court, Mr Khampha Sengdara, presented the draft amended law at the seventh ordinary session of the NA’s 8th Legislature which wrapped up yesterday.
Mr Khampha said although the previous law which was approved by NA in 2006 served as a legal tool for proceedings of court cases, a number of loopholes were found in the enforcement process.
He said the process was inconsistent and it was also difficult to scrutinise which court fees were to be paid towards court proceedings and which ones should be added to the national budget.
Therefore, it was necessary to amend the law to plug these loopholes and ensure that the law is thorough, comprehensive and easy to enforce.
The People’s Supreme Court established a law amending committee in March 2018 to revise the law and collect more information from various government sectors and other countries to ensure its inclusiveness.
The amendment includes detailed definition of the law, revision of the law structure and articles. In some parts, new articles have been added for further clarity of the enforcement processes.
The NA members gave inputs, notably on issues relating to fees which should be added to the national budget. The amendment of the law should contribute to create trusts from all parties and ensure transparency in the proceedings and fees.
The court fees refer to fees that must be paid by the parties or third parties towards proceedings, and comprise State taxes, expenses of the proceedings, expenses of persons invited to the proceedings, and expenses for documents and for the copying of documents.
State taxes are a part of court fees, which the party losing the case shall pay in accordance with the court decision. Such State taxes shall be paid to the State budget.
Parties involved in the case shall properly pay court fees in order to facilitate the investigators, public pros-ecutors, people’s courts, and judgment enforcement officers in the court proceedings and in the effective enforcement of judgments.
The seventh ordinary session of the National Assembly’s 8th Legislature opened on June 5, and came to an end yesterday with great accomplishments. The session approved laws and government policies to boost national development for the rest of the year.

By Somsack Pongkhao
(Latest Update June 26, 2019)

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