five year period -- i.e., 2000-2005 and 2005-2010; while a more pessimistic (but equally teleological) one might treat each phase as a ten-to- fifteen year unit. The same reasoning might be applied to the realization of key legal changes. Only with propitious economic and political development can one imagine a rapid abandonment of traditional and conservative approaches to the administration of justice among key players, which would be necessary for the realization of the legal changes advanced in this report. The deep and multifaceted divisions over the draft criminal procedure code, which have existed for some years and are if anything sharper now, are a case in point.
The enormity and long-term nature of judicial reform in Russia suggests the need for all involved, including Western organizations, to take satisfaction in small steps and to pursue with vigor whatever can be done now to improve the performance of courts and their public image. In retrospect, the years 1991-1993 were a special time of achievements in judicial reform, but what made them possible were the struggles and smaller steps of the years that came before. Now, too, it is time to lay the ground for future breakthroughs, whose exact timing cannot be predicted.
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Publication information: Book title: Courts and Transition in Russia:The Challenge of Judicial Reform. Contributors: Peter H. Solomon Jr. - Author, Todd S. Foglesong - Author. Publisher: Westview Press. Place of publication: Boulder, CO. Publication year: 2000. Page number: 193.
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