North Korea Leadership Watch

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Judicial Officers Meeting Held

Participants applaud during a national meeting of judicial officers held at the People's Palace of Culture in Pyongyang on 5 December 2012 (Photo: Rodong Sinmun)

Participants applaud during a national meeting of judicial officers held at the People’s Palace of Culture in Pyongyang on 5 December 2012 (Photo: Rodong Sinmun)

DPRK state media reported on 5 December (Wednesday) that a national meeting of judicial officials (the go-between officials who coordinate cases between People’s Security and public prosecutors’ offices) was held at the People’s Palace of Culture in central Pyongyang.  Part of a series of recent national gatherings of the DPRK’s internal security, police, legal and judicial organizations, the meeting was convened in observation of the anniversary of Kim Jong Il’s 1982 essay “On Increasing Obedience to Socialist Laws.”  Attending the meeting were Supreme People’s Assembly [SPA] Presidium President Kim Yong Nam, SPA Chairman and Korean Workers’ Party [KWP] Secretary Choe Tae Bok, SPA Presidium Vice President Yang Hyong Sop, Minister of People’s Security Gen. Ri Myong Su and “other officials concerned, members of the Committee for Guidance in Socialist Law Observance at each level, judicial officers and model law explainers.”

Yang Hyong Sop (L) Kim Yong Nam (2nd L) Choe Tae Bok (3rd L) and Gen. Ri Myong Su (4th L) on the platform of the national meeting of judicial officers (Photo: KCNA/KCTV screengrab)

Yang Hyong Sop (L) Kim Yong Nam (2nd L) Choe Tae Bok (3rd L) and Gen. Ri Myong Su (4th L) on the platform of the national meeting of judicial officers (Photo: KCNA/KCTV screengrab)

A view of a national meeting of judicial officers held in Pyongyang on 5 December 2012 (Photo: KCNA)

A view of a national meeting of judicial officers held in Pyongyang on 5 December 2012 (Photo: KCNA)

Participants applaud during a national meeting of judicial officers held at the People's Palace of Culture in Pyongyang on 5 December 2012 (Photo: KCNA)

Participants applaud during a national meeting of judicial officers held at the People’s Palace of Culture in Pyongyang on 5 December 2012 (Photo: KCNA)

Kim Yong Nam reads a letter Kim Jong Il sent to the 2007 national meeting of judicial officers (Photo: KCNA/KCTV screengrab)

Kim Yong Nam reads a letter Kim Jong Il sent to the 2007 national meeting of judicial officers (Photo: KCNA/KCTV screengrab)

Yang Hyong Sop reads the report at the national meeting of judicial officers (Photo: KCNA/KCTV screengrab)

Yang Hyong Sop reads the report at the national meeting of judicial officers (Photo: KCNA/KCTV screengrab)

Speakers at the national meeting of judicial officers in Pyongyang on 5 December 2012 (Photo: KCNA/KCTV screengrab)

Speakers at the national meeting of judicial officers in Pyongyang on 5 December 2012 (Photo: KCNA/KCTV screengrab)

After a moment of silence, Kim Yong Nam read Kim Jong Il’s letter to the last meeting of judicial officials, held on 28 February 2007.  Yang Hyong Sop delivered the meeting’s official report which was followed by a series of speakers.

According to KCNA these speakers said, “the socialist law in the DPRK has demonstrated its might as law for patriotic devotion, law for protecting the Party, the leader, the country and its people and a powerful political weapon for building a thriving socialist nation under the wise leadership of the peerlessly great man” and “recalled that judicial officers have contributed to firmly defending the headquarters of the revolution in each annual of the arduous revolution and the socialist system, regarding the defence of the leader and policies as the most sacred duty and requirement of life.”  The judicial officers also “expressed their resolutions to bring about a new turn in the socialist law observance under the leadership of the dear respected Kim Jong Un and thus strictly establish a revolutionary legal order throughout society and provide a firm legal guarantee for the building of a thriving nation.”

View of the platform (rostrum) at the national meeting of judicial officers at the People's Palace of Culture in Pyongyang on 5 December 2012 (Photo: KCNA/KCTV screengrab)

View of the platform (rostrum) at the national meeting of judicial officers at the People’s Palace of Culture in Pyongyang on 5 December 2012 (Photo: KCNA/KCTV screengrab)

This is what the speakers at the 2007 judicial officers’ meeting said:

The reporter and speakers said that the meeting would mark a historic occasion in glorifying the immortal exploits Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il performed in the field of law-abiding life and enhancing the function and role of the socialist law to reliably guarantee by law the accomplishment of the revolutionary cause of Songun.

They noted that the state and social system of the DPRK has been firmly defended and steadily developed through a vigorous drive to strengthen the socialist law-abiding life under the care of the Party and the leader.

They stressed the need for all the judicial officials to mercilessly smash the anti-socialist moves of the enemies by maintaining the steadfast revolutionary principles and working-class stand and make all the citizens strictly abide by the laws and regulations so that the sound and revolutionary spirit can prevail all over the society.

They held that the enactment of laws, a basis of the socialist law-abiding life, should be steadily done well and a drive to thoroughly establish the revolutionary atmosphere of law observance should be intensified in all domains and units.

Underlining the need to strengthen the law-based control in all realms of the state and social life and enhance the function and role of the Socialist Law-abiding Life Guidance Committee, they said that all the judicial officials should acquire the revolutionary viewpoint towards the people and become their faithful servants defending the rights and interests of the working people.

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