An amended version of the Penal Code will be deferred due to errors, officials announced at a press briefing Thursday, one day before it is set to come into effect.
The decision, signed by President Tran Dai Quang, came after the National Assembly held an urgent vote with more than 85 percent of lawmakers agreeing to delay the legislation.
At the press briefing, Deputy Minister of Justice Dinh Trung Tung confirmed that there are errors. Some articles set different jail terms for the same crime, he said.
Local media have reported that the new Penal Code, passed by more than 84 percent of the country's lawmakers in November last year, has been found with dozens of errors.
Do Manh Hung, a National Assembly spokesman, said the legislature will review the case, identify individuals responsible for the errors and decide if a public apology is needed.
He also said relevant agencies will have to pull newly printed Penal Code books from the market.
There will be refunds for buyers, he confirmed.