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Legal proceedings are dragged and overly formalized in Kazakhstan: Nazarbayev

Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev. ©Marat Abilov Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev. ©Marat Abilov
Judicial proceedings in Kazakhstan are groundlessly dragged out and overly formalized in the opinion of Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev, Tengrinews reports. "Judicial proceedings in Kazakhstan are still groundlessly dragged out and excessively formalized. The order, rules and principles of justice administering need to be gradually modernized. We has discussed this before, we are working on it from year to year, and we still need to continue this work," Nazarbayev said at the 6th Congress of Kazakhstan Judges today. According to the President of Kazakhstan, information technologies are not used enough by the Kazakhstan judicial system. "The problems between the judiciary and the media arise because courts fail to release sufficient information about their activities and decisions," he stressed. According to Nursultan Nazarbayev, Kazakhstan should introduce nationwide electronic registration of all the lawsuits. "It is important to make justice more accessible for the wider population. Electronic registration of all the lawsuits should be implemented nation-wide, as a mechanism providing for the fullness and quality of the proceedings protocols," the President said. Besides, the President of Kazakhstan thinks that all the courts of the first instance should be equipped with video-conference systems to enable them to administer justice remotely. "We are only at the initial stage of making our courts specialized. At the moment it is important to accumulate practical experience of using jury trials. Introduction of the investigating judges institute will raise the role of the court via control of prejudicial proceedings," Nazarbayev said. According to the President, Kazakhstan's judicial system is in the 80th place in the global ranking of competitiveness. "Our judicial system has gained 23 lines in the ranking over the four years since the 5th Congress of Judges. This is good. However, we are only in the 80th place. This means that we must improve by 50 positions to join the Top 30 of the ranking," the President said. He added that it is necessary to step up reforms of the legislative systems and pointed out that improving the competitiveness of all the fundamental sections of the legislative system, both public and private law, is one of the main goals of the
Strategy 2050. By Altynai Zhumzhumina

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