MOSCOW, August 22 (RAPSI) — The judicial systems of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) signatories adhere to common legal principles and are looking for common vectors of development, Chairman of the Russian Supreme Court Vyacheslav Lebedev said addressing the 17th meeting of the SCO member states’ Chief Justices.

The meeting outcome demonstrated that the supreme courts of the SCO countries share common legal approaches. This fact underlines and confirms SCO nations’ intentions to strengthen their mutual cooperation. Annual discussions and exchange of legal information are in the common interests of all SCO states, Lebedev observed.

The Chairman of the Russian Supreme Court expressed confidence that the proposals and conclusions voiced during the meeting would be used in the legislative and law enforcement practice of the member states of the organization.

Lebedev also stressed that the Russian judicial system seeks to enhance and make more efficient administrative proceedings. 

Chairman of the Third Cassation Court of General Jurisdiction Vasily Voloshin presented the audience in detail with the practices of Russian courts in cases over adoption of children.

The SCO is an international organization founded in 2001 by the leaders of China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan. India and Pakistan joined the organization in 2016.

The 18th Meeting of the Chief Justices of the Supreme Courts of the SCO Member States will be held in India in 2023.