Russian President approves reform of military courts
MOSCOW, November 12 (RAPSI) – President Vladimir Putin has enacted a package of bills on reorganization of military courts in Russia into law. The corresponding documents have been published on the official website of legal information.
According to Chairman of the State Duma Committee on state building and legislation Pavel Krasheninnikov, the documents have been drafted to bring the military court system in line with a recently passed federal constitutional law establishing appeal and cassation courts of general jurisdiction, including military ones.
Under the law, military and navy courts are to be renamed in accordance with current military division as well as location and number of newly formed district directorates of Russia’s National Guard. It also envisages establishment of a jurisdiction of new garrison military courts spreading it to territories with garrisons, military formations, agencies and institutions with military service.
Moreover, military courts would be renamed to sort their powers as first instance courts for criminal cases, including ones on terrorism.