Disciplinary Proceedings Legislation Regarding Judges may be Improved
Azerbaijan, Baku, 23 April / corr. Trend K. Zarbaliyeva/ The Society for Law Educating (SLE) has developed its proposals to improve the Legislation on Disciplinary Proceedings concerning the judges.
The proposals developed have been indicated in the report by Organization for Disciplinary Responsibility of Courts: Monitoring of Legislation and Expertise.
The Organization believes that the rights of citizens to appeal directly to the Council for Judiciary Law (CJL) in case of a need for disciplinary proceedings concerning judges should be improved by the legislation.
Emphasizing a need for specification of 'gross violation', SLE believes that the violations considered to be gross by plaintiffs are not considered to be gross by plenipotentiary bodies.
One of the proposals is the specification of which sections of society have a right to CJL in case of a need for disciplinary proceedings against judges violating law, and also reasons for liquidation of authorities of judges by the legislation.
The report said that CJL has reprimanded 30 judges up to now: 6 in 2005, 17 in 2006 and 7 in 2007.
Majority of judges, subject to disciplinary proceedings, have admitted the violation of law and attributed it to their hard work.
Azerbaijan is one of the countries with a very small number of judges among the other European countries. The judges have to do a lot of work because they are less number than required.
According to the estimations, a judge examines over 100 cases per year. Thus, it affects the quality of verdicts.
There are over 200 vacancies for judges at present.
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