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Uzbek President Signs The Law On Reformation Of The Republic's Judicial System

Wednesday, April 12, 2017 - 12:14

President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev has signed the law providing for introduction of a number of changes in the current constitution in relation to the republic's judicial system. On March 17, 2017, the draft of this law was adopted by the lower (legislative) Chamber of Parliament. On March 28, it was approved by the upper chamber (the Senate). According to the decree signed by the head of Uzbekistan back in February, on June 1, 2017, the Supreme Economic and Supreme Courts of the country will merge; there will be formed administrative courts and the Supreme Judicial Council of Uzbekistan.


In accordance with the changes introduced in the text of the Constitution, a new institute will be created within the judicial and legal system of the republic: the Supreme Judicial Council of Uzbekistan. It will become an organ of the judicial community that promotes observance of the principle of independence of the judiciary, which is prescribed in the Basic Law.


As reported by representatives of the Senate, the presence two higher judiciary bodies in the country resulted in duplication of the judicial system management functions, which prevented the system from establishing a single judicial practice. Previously, the constitutional norm of administrative proceedings was not implemented properly.


In addition, the constitution of Uzbekistan was introduced a reference provision determining the specific terms of office for judges: the initial five-year period, the subsequent ten-year period, the eventual indefinite period of staying in office.


In accordance with the law, the provisions on merging the Supreme Economic and Supreme Courts, and forming the economic and administrative courts shall enter into force on June 1, 2017. As for the remaining parts of the document, they shall be enforced on April 7.


Worth recalling, the ongoing reform and modernization of the judicial and legal system of Uzbekistan is envisaged in the 2017-2021 Development Strategy that was approved in February.

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