Chantola re-elected as head of the bar

Ly Chantola was overwhelmingly re-elected as President of the Bar Association of the Kingdom of Cambodia (BAKC), winning 2,016 out of 2,045 votes cast at its 27th Annual General Meeting held in Phnom Penh on October 16.

Chantola told reporters that during his tenure, the BAKC actively participated in the development of the country’s legal system and undertook a first-ever extension of legal services and representation, including consultation and legal defense, to the most vulnerable citizens. poor in the Kingdom.

“Our lawyers have helped defend the poor in civil and criminal cases. In September alone this year, our lawyers took on more than 5,000 cases for poor people,” he noted.

Chantola said BAKC has continuously promoted the legal profession, disseminating the laws to the public through various means such as its lawyers’ dialogue program and its forums.

He added that the BAKC had focused more on building the capacity of lawyers and had organized workshops and training sessions for them while strengthening its relations with national and international institutions in the country and abroad related. to the administration of justice and the legal profession.

“Although I was the only candidate to run for the presidency of the BAKC during this term, the first time in its history, it could still be considered a democratic process because we held a vote according to our procedures. “, he noted.

Lawyer Saim Naphanny said that under Chantola, the BAKC had made significant progress as it had in principle promoted the justice sector and defended the cases of the poor free of charge while providing legal consultation and advice to people in court. municipal and provincial.

“Under his leadership, we created legal delegates to provincial courts and also helped in the formation of appeal courts,” she said.

Naphanny also credited Chantola with creating new workshops to train and promote the legal profession.

“BAKC cares about all its members and we believe in our slogan ‘Together for excellence and prestige in the legal profession’, she added.

Another lawyer, Yon Soveasna, said that so far under Chantola’s guidance, the practice of the legal profession has improved, with the bar exam having been toughened.

“For this reason, for this term, I continued to vote for him as BAKC president,” he said.

Justice Minister Koeut Rith said during the presidency of the BAKC general assembly on October 16 that the vote was another new step for the bar association, even if no other candidate chose to stand. To stand for elections.

He added that the fact that no lawyers were vying with Chantola for president at that time clearly demonstrated that all members of the bar were fully satisfied and had confidence in Chantola’s knowledge, abilities and above all leadership.

“It reflects the highest level of unity and solidarity that all lawyers and leaders of the legal profession firmly believe Chantola will continue to lead our bar well,” he said.

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