Putin approves procedural law reform
MOSCOW, November 29 (RAPSI) – Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a bill reforming procedural legislation into law. The document has been published on the official website of legal information.
The legislative proposal of the Supreme Court would amend Russia’s Civil Procedure Code, Commercial Procedure Code and Administrative Procedure Rules.
Under the law, only persons having higher legal education or postgraduate law degree may stand in court as parties’ representatives during civil or commercial proceedings except for the cases considered by magistrate judges or district courts. However, this requirement would not apply to trade union representatives in labor disputes, insolvency officers and patent agents.
Moreover, the amendments would extend the number of cases heard under a simplified procedure in particular by increasing a threshold of claim amounts in money recovery cases.
New requirements to identification of debtors would be fixed as well, the law reads.
The document is aimed to improve the quality of justice and caseload without sacrificing guiding principles of civil procedure.