Putin's office proposes law on extrajudicial appeals
MOSCOW, February 12 - RAPSI. In accordance with a request posed by Russian judges, President Vladimir Putin's legal department has drafted a bill aimed at regulating the registration of extrajudicial appeals connected with cases heard in the courts, writes the Rossiyskaya Gazeta newspaper, citing members of the judicial community.
The bill has not been published and so it is unclear exactly what it proposes.
Judges could be required to keep special registers of extrajudicial appeals, including telephone calls, letters and explicit requests.
In the past, it was proposed that judges report such appeals before each trial.
Several years ago, the commercial courts began publishing all extrajudicial appeals regarding their cases. The number of letters containing these kinds of requests subsequently decreased, but judges still receive them.
Some general jurisdiction courts have supported the idea. Back in 2006, the Russian Council of Judges issued recommendations on how judges should respond to requests regarding their cases from individuals and officials.
The Supreme Commercial Court of Russia is working on a system for registering such telephone negotiations. Company telephones at some commercial courts already record calls.