Top official: Citizens' trust in courts increases in Azerbaijan
Azerbaijan, Baku, July 25 / Trend K.Zarbaliyeva /
Head of the Presidential Administration's Law Enforcement Bodies Work Department Fuad Alasgarov believes citizens' trust in courts has increased in Azerbaijan.
"The country took measures to ensure the independence of judges and courts," Alasgarov said at a summer school for judges, organized jointly by the Azerbaijani Lawyers' Confederation, Constitutional Court, Judicial Council and Justice Ministry.
"Citizens' trust in the courts has increased. The number of appeals to court has increased in recent years."
He said the Azerbaijani legislation is adjusted to the European Convention on Human Rights.
"Judges and prosecutors attend regular training to study the case law, which expands the outlook of judges," Alasgarov said. "The European experience is studied and the legal culture is formed."
The case law should be applied and its usefulness should be increased to prevent human rights violations with a view to reduce the burden on the European Court, he added.
He said the Azerbaijani courts were instructed to apply the case law of the European Court.
"The reference to the case law while making decisions and sentencing contributes to efficient operation of the European Court," Alasgarov said.
Constitutional Court Chairman Farhad Abdullayev said the Constitution specifies that in case any contradictions or inconsistencies between international agreements, to which Azerbaijan joined, and other laws and regulations a legal precedence is given to the international agreements.
"The international regulatory agreements entered the Azerbaijani legislation system. The European Court's precedents also entered the country's legal system. The Azerbaijani Constitutional Court in its decisions relied on the European Court's precedents even prior to the country's adoption to the European Court's membership. A civilized approach exists in regards to the citizens, as well as the state agencies. Our achievement is the increase of public confidence in the judicial system and that citizens sought justice in courts," Abdullayev said.
The summer school is focused on the fifth and sixth European Conventions on Human Rights and Freedoms. The event will exchange views on the rights and freedoms of citizens, their security, right to a fair trial, judicial precedents and specific court incidents.