MOSCOW, November 9 - RAPSI, Sergei Feklyunin. The chairman of the Supreme Commercial Court has proposed establishing an independent institution of investigating magistrates to help curb corporate raids, the Russian Legal Information Agency (RAPSI) reported.

"Independent investigators working at the court could play a key role in promoting justice over economic trials," Supreme Commercial Court Chairman Anton Ivanov said while speaking at the plenary meeting of the Federation Council on Wednesday.

Ivanov said judges occasionally passed unfair and unjustified interlocutory injunctions over economic disputes in early 2000s, thereby spurring corporate raids. The law enforcement agencies cracked down on corrupt judges and stripped them of their powers, but the problem persisted.

Ivanov added that the Russian judicial system should turn to the judicial reform of 1864 to reach a breakthrough on the matter. He said investigators should be granted an independent status equal to that of judges.