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NEWS AND EVENTS
December 19, 2006
ROUNTABLE DISCUSSES TRANSFER TO COURTS OF RIGHT FOR CONFINEMENT
The Senate [upper house] of Oliy Majlis [parliament] of Uzbekistan has hosted a round table organized by the Committee for legislation and judicial-legal issues. It was devoted to discussion of the transfer to courts of the right to issue sanction to confine: international experience and national legislation.

The roundtable was attended by senators, deputies of the Legislative Chamber, representatives of the Supreme Court, General Prosecutor\'s office, Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Internal Affairs, Institute of Strategic and Interregional Studies, Tashkent State Institute of Law, Association of Lawyers of Uzbekistan and representatives of other organizations concerned and the media.

The session noted that the main aim of the reform of judicial and legal system, being implemented in Uzbekistan, is to guarantee effective protection of human constitutional rights and fundamental freedoms. Meanwhile, special attention is paid first of all to the guarantee of the right to protection against unjustified criminal pursuit and rights to the valid judicial trial.

As a result of the pursued reforms the specialization of courts is fixed on criminal and civil issues, the appellate order of hearing of cases is introduced, the legal mechanisms ensuring the equality of rights of defence and indictment are created. Also, preliminary investigation terms and the terms of custody of prisoners are also reduced.

Measures to further reform judicial and legal system were determined by the Decree of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan \"On the transfer to courts of the right to issue sanctions to confine\" dated 8 August 2005. The main purpose of the roundtable was to discuss the aforementioned issues.

During the meeting it was noted that the most important task of further liberalization of judicial and legal system is the need of expanding the authorities of the law court to implement effective protection of citizens\' rights at the stage of prejudicial inquiry, including the issue of sanction to take into custody.

While discussing this issue participants of the roundtable accentuated attention to the need for the sequential and deep study of issues, dealing with the transfer of the right for issuing sanctions to confinement from the prosecutor agencies to law courts.

In the course of the consideration, the participants exchanged opinions and expressed a number of proposals, dealing with the learning of foreign experience, working out of organizational-legal and procedural mechanisms of exercising the right to issue sanction on custody by legal courts, as well as the needs for the corresponding retraining of judges and law-enforcement agencies\' employees.

Summing up the meeting, its participants prepared corresponding recommendations.


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