MOSCOW, July 18 (RAPSI) – President Vladimir Putin on Thursday signed a bill establishing certain terms for Russian judges to take their oaths into law. The document’s version is published on the official website of legal information.

The initiative sponsored by the Supreme Court stipulates that a judge must give such an oath within a month after taking the seat.

Previously, a judge appointed for the first time had to undertake a ceremonial oath and takes a seat only after the ceremony was concluded. Legally, taking an oath assigns special constitutional rights to a judge meaning that he or she is ready to adhere to number of requirements and restrictions. However, a term for a judge to take an oath was not set.

The State Duma passed the bill on June 26; the Federation Council approved it on July 10.