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MOSCOW, February 14 - RAPSI. Supreme Court Chairman Vyacheslav Lebedev has said on Tuesday that the legal framework of administrative court procedure has not been modified in recent years.
Lebedev made the statement at a judicial meeting on Tuesday in Moscow.
He added that a draft proposing to establish administrative courts has been shelved in the lower house of Parliament, the State Duma, for several years. Lebedev noted that the draft was neither returned for revision nor introduced to parliament.
Today, cases arising from public-legal relationships are considered under civil proceedings.
The courts heard 226,000 administrative cases in 2011. They held for 51 percent of the petitions filed by individuals against the authorities in public-legal relationships.
Nonetheless, Lebedev expressed hope that administrative courts will finally be established.
Lebedev said administrative courts will help analyze faults in the activities of authorities and curb corruption and, specifically, protectionism.
According to the Supreme Court, 7,000 people were convicted of corruption in 2011, which is 20 percent less than the year before. Meanwhile, bribery leads the list of corruption offenses. Forty percent of convicts were officials, 25 percent law enforcement agencies staff and 10 percent educational system employees.