Armenia adopts new technique for judicial and prison reforms

“I’m for my part now not glad with the reforms within the judiciary, however consistent with global companions, we now have made important growth,” Top Minister of Armenia, Nikol Pashinyan, mentioned at a central authority assembly.

The Armenian govt has followed a method for judicial and prison reforms and an motion plan for 2022-2026. Inside of its framework, digitalization of civil judicial complaints is deliberate.

Consistent with the Minister of Justice, which means legal professionals will have the ability to document court cases and petitions with out going to the courtroom. After some time, engaging in on-line courtroom hearings can even turn out to be imaginable.

Beneath we provide the reforms deliberate within the box of justice for the following 5 years, in addition to an evaluate of what has been finished within the contemporary years.



Minister of Justice: “No longer all the technique is new”

Justification of the Ministry of Justice undertaking states that the former technique emphasised:

  • the wish to create an efficient judicial gadget,
  • shape an unbiased and publicly depended on judiciary.

Numerous reforms have been carried out, however they didn’t totally be certain success of targets.

“Adoption of the method plans to carry judicial and prison reforms in step with trendy social and prison tendencies and calls for, predetermine the instructions of reforms, coordinating them with the priorities set within the new govt program,” the undertaking justification says.

Reforms of the judiciary within the subsequent 5 years can be aimed toward:

  • making a unified control gadget “Digital Justice” and making sure the supply and modernization of digital databases,
  • making use of transitional justice gear and engaging in investigations to spot systemic human rights violations,
  • legal regulation reform,
  • building of other dispute answer strategies,
  • prison support reforms,
  • reforms within the enforcement gadget.

Minister of Justice Karen Andreasyan notes that now not all the technique is new. A part of the deliberate paintings is continuation of the former technique followed in 2019:

“Sadly, some necessary spaces weren’t carried out because of the coronavirus epidemic and the struggle. Some are virtually in a position. We can put in force them within the coming months.”

Armenia adopts new technique for judicial and prison reforms

“Civil litigation can be digitalized”

A young has already been held to begin the method. The federal government will allocate 348 million drams (about $850,000) to the contest winner.

“Via digitalization, we imply that legal professionals will have the ability to document court cases, petitions, and proof from their places of work. Litigation may also be performed on-line: other folks, legal professionals won’t wish to seem in courtroom,” mentioned Minister of Justice Karen Andreasyan.

He added that sooner or later the similar way can be carried out to administrative and legal complaints.

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Pashinyan: “It’s just right that we call for extra from ourselves”

“We’re criticized for the reforms within the judicial gadget. They notice that the paintings was once now not sufficiently a hit or in depth,” the Top Minister of Armenia mentioned.

Pashinyan stressed out that he for my part was once “now not glad” with the reforms, however an important quantity of labor has been carried out in various spaces, and this was once spotted by way of Armenia’s global companions.

“After all, at the one hand, it’s just right that we call for extra from ourselves, alternatively, we will have to notice that our global companions assume we now have made important growth.

We lead in various spaces some of the Jap Partnership international locations: believe in elections, combat towards corruption, freedom of speech.”

Consistent with the Top Minister, an enormous layer of reforms within the judicial gadget is at once hooked up with digitalization. This paintings will have to be systematic and canopy all spaces:

“You will need to that the virtual formulation are practical and legally obtainable to the related entities.”

Pashinyan says that to start with, it is going to be imaginable to put up claims to courts electronically and administer all documentation on-line. He added that later trials would happen as on-line correspondence, which means that, there can be no wish to seem in courtroom.

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Reforms of the judicial gadget in Armenia