Judge Le Van Lam from the southern Long An Province People’s Court has been given a warning for issuing two verdicts for one case last year.
The warning was announced yesterday by Le Quang Hung, vice chief of the court.
Hung said Lam issued the second verdict after finding out his first one was a mistake but later forgot to revoke the wrong verdict.
The first verdict, which was written in nine pages, and the second verdict in ten pages, were thus both issued for the case of Dang Thi Hoang Yen, from District 5 in Ho Chi Minh City.
Last September, Yen filed for a divorce with her husband, Vietnamese American Jimmy Tran.
One month later, Lam opened a hearing for the divorce and then issued a verdict that approved Yen’s petition.
After the verdict was issued, Lam discovered that it did not contain the court’s comments about the case so he gave another verdict.
As a result, the valid verdict was issued 20 days behind schedule, Hung said.
Lam’s mistake was later discovered by the court, Hung added.