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11 June, 2020

A chair of a court may initiate an extraordinary assessment of the professional activity of a judge

On June 11, amendments to the Law “On Judicial Power” come into force, which expand the bases of extraordinary assessment of the professional activity of judges. An extraordinary assessment shall be carried out by the Judicial Qualification Committee not only when deciding on the transfer or replacement of a judge, but also on the basis of a decision of the Judicial Disciplinary Committee, and it shall also be possible for chairs of courts to do so if conditions of professional activity have been identified which are linked to significant shortcomings in the organization of work or insufficient knowledge of a judge, which is an obstacle to the quality of the proceedings.
11 June, 2020

The administrative immunity of judges is waived

Amendments to the Judicial Disciplinary Liability Law and to the Law “On Judicial Power” come into force on 11 June, extending the limitation period for disciplinary liability of judges, waiving the immunity of judges in administrative violation cases, as well as clarifying the regulations for suspending a judge from office.
11 June, 2020

The new procedure for the selection of candidates for the position of judge enters into force

On June 11, along with the amendments to the Law “On Judicial Power”, the new procedure for the selection of candidates for the position of judge, developed and approved by the Judicial Council, enters into force.
3 June, 2020

The Judicial Council will evaluate the candidates for the position of Prosecutor General

The Judicial Council will hear the candidates for the position of Prosecutor General on Monday, 8 June and on Tuesday, 9 June, and will decide on the most suitable candidate to be nominated for appointment.
12 May, 2020

Updates to discussion on filling the vacancies of judges

According to the information provided by the Court Administration, there are currently 9 vacancies for judges in regional courts and 14 vacancies in district (city) courts. Vacancies are not filled quickly – some stay available even for more than two years, and there is no clear system regarding who makes a decision to start the process to fill a vacancy, who directs the process and how it involves the Judicial Council, which by law determines the number of judges in each court.
29 April, 2020

Eight candidates have applied for the position of Prosecutor General

Eight candidates have applied for the position of Prosecutor General announced by the Judicial Council.  The Secretariat of the Judicial Council will check whether the submitted documents certify the compliance of each applicant with the requirements set forth in Section 36 of the Office of the Prosecutor Law, i.e. age, citizenship, education, length of service, and other requirements.
16 April, 2020

The new procedure for selection of judges is approved

The Judicial Council has developed and approved a new procedure for the selection of candidates for the position of a judge of a district (city) court and regional court, which establishes a conceptually new approach to the professional standard of a judge. The purpose of the selection of candidates is to ensure that highly qualified lawyers with an impeccable reputation, appropriate professional skills and personal qualities become judges.
16 April, 2020

Changes in the number of judges in the departments of the Senate

The Judicial Council has supported the Supreme Court's proposal to change the number of judges in the departments of the Senate, namely, to redistribute one position of a judge of the Department of Civil Cases to the Department of Administrative Cases and to determine that as of 1 May there are 11 judges in the Department of Administrative Cases, 15 judges in the Department of Civil Cases and 9 judges in the Department of Criminal Cases.
11 March, 2020

The selection of candidates for the position of the Prosecutor General will henceforth be the responsibility of the Judicial Council

On March 11, amendments to the Law “On Judicial Power” and the “Office of the Prosecutor Law” come into force, which changes the procedure for selecting and appointing the Prosecutor General. The Prosecutor General will henceforth be appointed not on the proposal of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, but on the proposal of the Judicial Council.
10 March, 2020

It is considered necessary to maintain a unified competition for the position of a judge of the Supreme Court

Having supported the amendments to the Constitutional Court Law and the State Civil Service Law developed to ensure the independence of the Constitutional Court and to strengthen the status of a judge of the Constitutional Court, the Judicial Council does not support the amendments to the law “On Judicial Power”, which provide for judges of the Constitutional Court to apply for the position of a judge of the Supreme Court outside the established order.