CCHR Coordinator joins IBA's press conference on judicial laws together with Ms. Knaul, UNSR (L) and Ms. Nadia, IBA's Lawyer (M) on 15 July 2014

CCHR Project Coordinator provides key analysis on judicial draft laws to CSOs on 9 July 2014

Meeting between CCHR and Court of Appeal on Fair Trial Rights Annual Report on 5 June 2014

TMP Project Coordinator joins CSOs workshop on judicial draft laws analysis on 26 June 2014

The Meeting Between CCHR and Ministry of Justice​ of Cambodia on Fair Trail Rights and Legal Reform Dated 23 January 2014.

The Meeting Between CCHR and Bar Association of Cambodia on Fair Trial Rights and Legal Reform dated 16 January 2014.

Trial Monitoring Project provided a workshop on Fair Trial Rights to students at Build Bright University on 13 December 2013.

Trial Monitoring Project provided a workshop on Fair Trial Rights to students at Norton University on 06 December 2013.

TMP's staff hands over 3 posters on the rights of the accused to Mr. Bun Savath (Chief of the Court of Appeal's Clerk)on 24 October 2013.

The Meeting between CCHR's TMP and H.E. Chan Mono (General Director of Administration of Ministry of Justice) on 25 September 2013.

What is a Fair Trial?

A fair trial is a guarantee to which anyone charged with a criminal offence is entitled. The right to a fair trial is, in fact, a composite of a number of individual rights which encompass the entire legal process, from the initial arrest of a suspect, through to the completion of the final appeal. A fair trial is essential for the protection of the rights of the accused and victims but also to ensure the proper administration of justice, which is integral to the rule of law.

The concept of a fair trial incorporates all guarantees, and processes, relating to international standards of due process contained in international law mechanisms. These guarantees and processes include, but are not limited to, the following rights, prohibitions and principles:

  • Right to a public hearing;
  • Right to be tried without undue delay;
  • Right to understand the nature of the charge;
  • Right to an explanation of rights owed to the accused;
  • Right to adequate time and facilities to prepare a defense;
  • Right to legal representation and to be present at trial;
  • Right to the presumption of innocence;
  • Right to be tried by an independent and impartial tribunal;
  • Evidence rights (including the right to call and examine witnesses);
  • Right to full disclosure of evidence for the preparation of the defense;
  • Right against self-incrimination (not to confess guilt as a result of coercion or inducement);
  • Prohibition against retroactive application of penal legislation (being tried for an offense that was not an offense at the time it was committed); and
  • Rights of Juveniles.
To see in detail, what are fair trial rights and how are they protected internationally and under Cambodian law, please read Fair Trial Rights and Trial Monitoring Handbook.

Key Trial Monitoring Statistics

Total Number of Monitored Trials at Each Court

RP: Reporting Period
C: Court
PP: Phnom Penh
KD: Kandal
BTC: Banteay Meanchey

RTK: Ratanakiri
T: Total
Fel: Felony
Mis: Misdemeanor
Pet: Petty Offense

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