Lawyers disclosing investigation secrets, thereby delaying the investigation shall be fined up to VND 30 million
Ordinance on Administrative Sanctioning of Acts Obstructing Proceedings No. 02/2022/UBTVQH15 is passed on August 18, 2022 by the National Assembly Standing Committee.
Accordingly, a fine of between VND 4,000,000 and VND 8,000,000 shall be imposed on proceeding participants who disclose investigation secrets though having been requested by investigators, investigation officers, procurators or controllers to keep such secrets. A fine of between VND 8,000,000 and VND 15,000,000 shall be imposed for one of the following acts: Disclosing investigation secrets, thereby delaying the investigation or prolonging the period of investigation though having been requested by investigators, investigation officers, procurators or controllers to keep such secrets.
Besides, a caution or a fine of between VND 100,000 and VND 1,000,000 shall be imposed on proceeding participants who have been summoned but are absent not due to a force majeure event or an external obstacle and whose absence impedes proceedings. These fines also are imposed on victims, interpreters or expert witnesses who have been summoned by courts but intentionally fail to appear at courts or fail to appear at court hearings or meeting sessions without any plausible reason and whose absence impedes court proceedings.
This Ordinance takes effect on September 1, 2022.