Azerbaijan, Baku, Feb. 27 / Trend , K.Zarbaliyeva/
Number of suits which the Azerbaijani Supreme Court examined increased by 19 percent in 2008 compared to 2007, Supreme Court Chairman Ramiz Rzayev said at a news conference on Feb. 27.
In 2008, number of suits examined at juridical board on criminal cases increased by 17.6 percent, at juridical board on military courts' actions - by 9 percent, juridical board on civil actions - by 22.8 percent, at the Plenum - by 57.7 percent compared to 2007. However, lawsuits examined at the juridical board on economic disputes decreased by 7.1 percent.
General and military courts sentenced 13,995 people to different punishments on 11,537 actions and acquitted 17 people on ten cases.
A total of 2,158 convicted people's appeals and protests were examined in 2008 and this figure comprises 15.4 percent of convicted people.
The Supreme Court examined 854 people's cassation appeals and protests against decisions of appeal courts.
In 2008, all courts examined 70,119 suits of citizens whose 11.9 percent lodged appeal complaints. Legality of 42.1 percent of appeals courts' resolutions were checked in cassation order.
Courts have some shortages in their activity, Rzayev said. These shortages are connected with objective and subjective reasons.
The Supreme Court chairman said that reforms is conducted at the juridical-legal system to eliminate objective reasons, as well as relevant measures are taken to hold fair juridical investigation in line with the European norms.
As to subjective reasons, Rzayev said that relevant measures are taken on judges making mistakes and red tapes.
Some 70 judges have been punished at an administrative order due to rough mistakes in their activity since 2005, Rzayev said.
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