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Russian Constitutional Court Approves Public Evaluation of Cases

Posted by Info on 15/02/2011

The Chairman of the Constitutional Court has approved the proposal to monitor verdicts in high-profile criminal cases by legal experts. Expert evaluations should eliminate any potential pressure on verdicts from other branches of government.
Public monitoring “must not and cannot impose any direct legal steps.” President Dmitry Medvedev supports the proposal.

The judges asked the Constitutional Court to review the proposal that allows legal experts to review verdicts in so-called high-profile cases. Among other things, this concerns the cases of ex-Yukos head Mikhail Khodorkovsky and the former head of Menatep Platon Lebedev. The case of Hermitage Capital lawyer Sergey Magnitsky, who died in custody, could also be evaluated.

After the approval by the Constitutional Court, a special working group of professional legal experts will be formed to review verdicts when the sentences go into effect. The experts’ opinion – not legally-binding judicial commentary on the courts’ decisions – will be prepared for the president.

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