Since the military coup of 1962, the Burmese judiciary has never been independent and takes orders from the ruling generals.
The judiciary was recently criticized when five new Supreme Court justices were appointed early this month by an order issued from General Khin Nyunt, Secretary Number One of the Ruling Council and the Chief of the Military Intelligence Service.
Ms. Naw May Oo, a law graduate of Indiana University recently did a fellowship in International Law at Cambridge University (UK). She said, "people have no faith in the Supreme Court because there was no public hearing process before the justices were appointed."
Speaking on the condition of anonymity, a Rangoon lawyer said, "there is no justice in Burma."
U Aung Htoo, of the Bangkok-based Burma Lawyers Council, criticized the appointments of the justices because there is no legislature and constitution in the country.