MOSCOW, February 16 (RAPSI) – The State Duma adopted in the first reading on Friday a bill on creation of independent cassation and appeals courts of general jurisdiction in Russia.

The bill has been drafted by the Supreme Court of Russia. Amendments are proposed to laws "On the Judicial System of the Russian Federation", “On Courts of General Jurisdiction of the Russian Federation”, “On Military Courts of the Russian Federation”, and “On the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation”.

The bill envisages creation of 9 cassation and 5 appeals courts of general jurisdiction within the relevant judicial circuits that involve territories of several subjects of the Russian Federation.

Independent cassation and appeals courts will consist of a chairman, presidium, and judicial divisions for criminal, civil, administrative and military cases. Court chairmen will be appointed by presidential order for a term of 6 years.

According to the Supreme Court, it is necessary to create certain judicial levels for establishment of independent courts considering appeals. Currently, the legality of judgments is being considered by courts issuing these rulings.

President Vladimir Putin earlier supported this initiative stating that creation of cassation and appeals courts would give new opportunities for appealing judicial acts and enhance independence of these instances.