The Justice System is Closed to the Public

posted 16 Nov 2011, 08:42 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 16 Nov 2011, 08:45 ]
Source: (info), 10/11/11 

· The Courts 

· Human rights defenders 

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. 

The human rights defenders studied in detail how the civil society representatives actually work in the QCJs. The result proved unexpected: the work of these commissions in most cases has a superficial and formal character and does not result in a more open judicial system. The report - The Role of Civil Society Representatives in Raising the Independence and Effectiveness of the Justice System in the Russian Federation - has been prepared by the Moscow Helsinki Group with the participation of lawyers from a number of human rights organizations, including Agora Human Rights AssociationMovement For Human Rights, Baikal Human Rights Centre and Kazan Human Rights Centre. [Read more]