1 December 2016, 19:22
LPR to launch Supreme Court in 1Q 2017 – Ministry
LPR Supreme Court is expected to start operating in the first quarter of 2017, LPR Justice Minister Sergey Kozyakov told a news briefing at Lugansk Media Centre on Thursday
“It is planned to open the Supreme Court in the first quarter of 2017 and appoint extra judges for temporary civil proceedings,” Kozyakov said.
“We plan to add judges depending on workload or assign a judge from those on staff to handle these cases,” he added.
The minister said civil and criminal cases would be handled by different judges.
“We plan to divide criminal and legal cases by assigning them to different judges,” he said.
“Substitution might be the only problem and we’ve always said that judges should be well-versed in both criminal and civil proceedings. The substitution procedure will be perfected over time,” Kozyakov said.
Under the law on the Supreme Court of the Lugansk People’s Republic, the Supreme Court is the top judicial body for civil cases, economic disputes, criminal and administrative cases and lower courts set up in accordance with the LPR law on judicial system.
People’s Council deputies approved the 2nd reading of the law on judicial department under LPR Supreme Court on 5 June 2015.
He document spells out the powers of the Supreme Court judicial department in supporting the operation of LPR courts and its structure.
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