Phone calls, Facebook and the odd nap: life as a judge in Myanmar | Joshua Carroll

New research suggests lax, poorly trained judges and shambolic court hearings that contravene local and international law are par for the course in Myanmar

Defence lawyer Zar Li Aye was eating lunch near a courthouse in Yangon, Myanmar’s largest city, when her phone rang. “Where are you?” asked a colleague. “Your client just confessed.”

The client, under pressure from a police officer, had agreed to fire her and submit a false guilty plea when the judge started the hearing early.

I’ve seen a lot of judges talking on their phones or using Facebook while the court is in session

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