President discusses judicial reform with court officials

President Ts.Elbegdorj at the Court of Appeals

President Ts.Elbegdorj reviewed the operations of the Court of Criminal and Civil Appeals on Tuesday and met with the officials of the court to discuss judicial reform.

Attorney General D.Oyuntungalag spoke to the President about the achievements of the court. She noted that judges are becoming more specialized and gaining a lot of experience, and that judicial review procedures are being carried out in a fast and effective way.

She also noted that over 7,000 cases have been closed through arbitration, and the civil court is working to issue rulings more quickly and to develop the abilities of its judges in reporting jury verdicts on sentencing.

Criminal Appeals Court Judge S.Soyombo said that new electronic equipment has been installed in 115 courtrooms and juries have benefitted from digital procedures being implemented in trials.

Since April 2015, the Court of Criminal Appeals has ruled on 915 cases, and 82 of them have used new digital procedures and received positive feedback from the public.

The President told the judges that the public’s trust in the judiciary branch has risen by 40 percent since the provision of a package of laws on the judiciary began being implemented five years ago. He noted that the work of the Office of the President, Parliament, judicial specialists, and the public are responsible for implementing judicial reform successfully.

He added that continued efforts made by judges and court officials will be required to continue progressive reform. Ts.Elbegdorj highlighted that restricting the power of the courts and the dismissal of court officials have always happened after an election, but judges are not being dismissed now because of judicial reform.

The President noted that the dismissals within judicial organizations were in violation of basic legal principles and unconstitutional, and that judicial organizations have to be exemplary institutions of government that are free of corruption.

He added that proposed amendments to the Criminal Code have been written to distinguish misdemeanors from criminal offenses, and Parliament will review amendments to laws on criminal procedure, law enforcement, the Criminal Code, and court rulings.