Courts and Transition in Russia: The Challenge of Judicial Reform

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loathe to proceed with a new separate agency for investigators (or even the creation of a separate hierarchy of investigators within the MVD), other parts of the package could be implemented separately. The elimination of supplementary investigation deserves immediate attention, as does the redesign of bureaucratic regulations on pre-trial detention to help the new Criminal Procedure Code reduce use of detention as a means of restraint.


Recommendations

7.1 Create a separate agency for investigators and adopt measures to encourage their autonomy and neutrality. Or, as a fallback, organize investigators within the Ministry of Internal Affairs into a separate vertical structure, eliminating all subordination of investigators to police chiefs.

7.2 Grant to defense counsel: (a) the right to conduct independent inquiries during the period of the preliminary investigation; and (b) access to the formal case file during the same period.

7.3 Ensure adequate representation for non-wealthy accused, especially during the pre-trial phase, through restructuring of the defense bars and their consultation offices and/or the establishment of duty counsel attached to the courts.

7.4 Eliminate the institution of "supplementary investigation" (with appropriate modifications to court procedures).

7.5 Reduce the use of pre-trial detention as a measure of restraint by changing the criteria for its use (in law and in regulations).

7.6 Decrease the length of pre-trial detention by setting shorter legal limits and by reducing delays in the pre-trial investigation, through: (a) eliminating the procedural requirement that all criminal incidents must be fully investigated; (b) expanding the pool of available experts and increasing the funds available to pay them; and (c) giving defense counsel the right to photocopy from the case file and to use assistants in the review of the file.


Notes
1.
See Mirian R. Damaska, The Faces of Justice and State Authoriy: A Comparative Approach to the Legal Process ( New Haven, CN, 1986).
2.
Peter H. Solomon, Jr., Soviet Criminal Justice under Stalin ( Cambridge, UK, and New York, 1996), pp. 75-76.

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