Pavel Chikov on a report by Moscow Helsinki Group into the work of the Qualification Colleges of Judges

posted 17 Nov 2011, 22:50 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 17 Nov 2011, 23:01 ]
Today there is some movement in the direction of judicial openness, but this is at the level of official declarations, a tendency that can be seen in political rhetoric


‘The results of the report, on the one hand, are clear. There was a hypothesis that the representatives of civil society do not change anything in the work of the Qualification Colleges of Judges [QCJs], and most likely this has been confirmed. However it was interesting to see the reaction of the regions. They completely ignored several requests for information by prominent lawyers and human rights defenders. […] How can there be representatives of commercial organizations on the QCJs? It is after all obvious that they will do all they can to use their position in pursuit of their business interests, here there is an evident element of corruption. […] Law school faculty represent the training schools for personnel of all the law enforcement agencies. Their lack of independence, and their dependence on personal relationships, is also obvious. […] Today there is some movement in the direction of judicial openness, but this is at the level of official declarations, a tendency that can be seen in political rhetoric.’ 
– from ‘The Justice System is Closed to the Public’, HRO.org in English, translated from HRO.org, 10 November 2011 [original source: Gazeta.ru]

Background: Moscow Helsinki Group, in a joint endeavour together with lawyers from the best known Russian human rights groups, has studied the work of civil society representatives in the Qualification Colleges of Judges (QCJ). The human rights defenders have concluded that the public plays a nominal role in the QCJ, and civil society representatives co-opted onto these bodies are in the main those law school faculty who train the judges, and former officers of law enforcement agencies. It all suits the judges, but in the view of the civic activists, human rights defenders and barristers, the principles of work of the QCJs need changing. – from ‘The Justice System is Closed to the Public’, HRO.org in English, translated from HRO.org, 10 November 2011 [original source: Gazeta.ru]
 
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Pavel Chikov, PhD, MPA, LLM, lives in Kazan and is chairperson of AGORA, an association of human rights organizations.

 

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