On 26 July 2006, the new Code of Civil Procedures came into force in Cambodia. The Code was prepared with Japan's assistance for legislative development. The new Civil Code, which has been drafted within the same framework, will also be adopted by the Parliament and come into force by the end of 2007.
Japan has given assistance for legislative development in Cambodia since late 1997 within the framework of technical cooperation of the JICA (Japan International Cooperation Agency). In cooperation with the Cambodian Ministry of Justice, the preparation of the Civil Code and the Code of Civil Procedures has been undertaken since 1999. The two drafts were finalized in June 2002 and had been subject to the deliberations by the Council of Ministers and the Parliament.
The Japan Federation of Bar Associations has also provided support to the Bar Association of the Kingdom of Cambodia, in cooperation with the JICA, aiming not only to prepare draft laws but also to train professionals who can make use of them as well as to improve access to justice. The support was provided for three years after June 2002 in the following four fields: establishment and management of schools for lawyer training; development of the legal aid system; in-service training for lawyers; and gender issues.
Source: Code of Civil Procedures Came into Force in Cambodia with Japan's Assistance (Japanese) - Chunichi Shinbun (Chunichi Web Press), 26 July 2006