State Duma to make initiation of criminal proceedings against judges harder
A package of bills, according to which only the Chairperson of the ICR with the consent of the Higher Qualification Board of Judges of the Russian Federation will be able to decide on initiation of proceedings against certain categories of judges, was adopted in the first reading.
The State Duma adopted in the first reading a package of bills, which will complicate the procedure of initiating criminal cases against certain categories of judges, reports Rosbalt.
New standards establish that only the ICR Chairperson with the consent of the Higher Qualification Board of Judges of the Russian Federation can initiate a criminal case against judges of district, city, and inter-district courts, as well as justices of the peace or name them as defendants.
According to the current legislation, this requires only permission from the qualification board of judges of the relevant subject of the Russian Federation.
The new package of bills also proposes to expand the powers of the Higher Qualification Board of Judges in the procedure of handling complaints against decisions on bringing judges to disciplinary responsibility. The Board will receive the right to change the type of penalty imposed on a judge if it is disproportionate to the gravity of an offense.
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