Summary justice bill not to infringe right to defense - Supreme Court chairman
MOSCOW, February 20 - RAPSI, Sergei Feklyunin. The Supreme Commercial Court's draft law to extend the list of cases subject to summary proceedings will not infringe the basic right to legal defense, Chairman Anton Ivanov said on Monday.
He also agreed that summary proceedings will reduce guarantees to the parties in dispute.
In Ivanov's view, if judges receive fewer stereotypical cases, they will pay more attention to "really complex cases," such as corporate disputes.
He said over half of the court's judges have less than three years of judicial experience, as judges tend to take their retirement as soon as they have worked 20 years on the job.
The parliament's lower house adopted in the first reading the court's summary proceedings bill on February 8. The bill reducing the load on commercial court judges was submitted on April 12. A series of measures to lighten their load was ordered by President Dmitry Medvedev.