Russian Federation: ICJ comments on draft law on judicial discipline | CIJL-ICJ

The Centre for the Independence of Judges and Lawyers (CIJL)

The ICJ today published its recommendations on a draft law introducing changes to the disciplinary system for judges in the Russian Federation.

The ICJ considers that the Draft Law amending Articles 12-1, 14 and 15 of the Law of the Russian Federation “On the Status of Judges in the Russian Federation” includes a number of positive amendments. Nevertheless, the ICJ regrets that this opportunity has not been taken to introduce more comprehensive reforming legislation, to address the institutional, substantive and procedural weaknesses in the disciplinary system that allow for abuse and facilitate arbitrariness and inconsistency in the application of disciplinary sanctions against judges.