Azerbaijan, Baku / corr. Trend I.Alizade / The issue of appointing candidates for vacancies of judge will be considered at the autumn session of Milli Majlis [Azerbaijan Parliament]. Some 55 candidates who have successfully passed the contest will be appointed to the first court instance, said Ali Huseynov, the Chairman of the Parliamentary Commission on Legal Policy and State Establishment and also Member of the Court-Legal Council of Azerbaijan.
According to him, presently nearly 40% of judge positions remains vacant.
"The Court-Legal Council and Election Commission of Judges is continuing work in this regard," Huseynov said.
According to the Presidential decree dated 19 January 2006, appeal courts have been established in Azerbaijan's cities of Ali Bayramli, Ganja, Sheki and Sumgayt and the number of judges reached 485, an increase of 156.
Azerbaijan takes one of the final places for the number of judges amongst the European countries.
Last year, nearly 1048 candidates passed written and oral exams. According to the recommendations of the Council of Europe, electing questions, issuing questionnaires, verifying answers and announcing results took place on the same day.