Putin signs bill extending jury trials into law
MOSCOW, December 29 (RAPSI) – Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a bill that envisages a wider use of jury trial institution for certain demographic groups into law.
The document’s version has been published on the official website of legal information.
Amendments to the Criminal Procedural Code of Russia are aimed to implement decisions of the Constitutional Court regarding the cases in the framework of which the most severe punishments would not envisage life imprisonment or death penalty. According to the law, these cases may be reviewed by a jury panel.
The law stipulates in particular that cases against women and men aged 65 and older may be considered by jurors. However, authors of the initiative propose to restrict jury panels from reviewing criminal cases against people under the age of 18.
Previously, women as well as men over age of 65 cannot be sentenced to exceptional measure of punishment and therefore their cases can’t be reviewed by a jury trial. The Constitutional Court has found that the provision to contradict the Constitution and ruled to lift the restriction in order to ensure equal access to justice.