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News of the Year 2022 — Supreme Court of the Russian Federation

News of the Year 2022

28 June

The Plenary Session of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation gathered via web conference. In particular, the justices voted to adopt two previously discussed plenary rulings, “On Certain Issues of Judicial Practice on Criminal Cases regarding Crimes against Justice” (Russian version) and “On Certain Issues of Court Application of Chapter 22 of the Code of Administrative Judicial Procedure of the Russian Federation and Chapter 24 of the Commercial Procedure Code of the Russian Federation” (Russian version). It has also been decided to introduce amendments into certain plenary rulings on criminal cases.


14 June

The Plenary Session of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation convened remotely. In particular, the justices discussed a draft plenary ruling on application of provisions of administrative and commercial procedure legislation regulating the challenge of decisions and actions of state bodies, local self-government bodies and their officials.


7 June

The Plenary Session of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation gathered online. In particular, it adopted a Plenary Ruling “On Court Application of Legislation Regulating the Calculation and Manner of Expungement of Criminal Conviction in Consideration of Criminal Cases” (Russian version). The justices also discussed a draft plenary ruling regarding crimes against justice. Furthermore, it was decided to present draft laws to the State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation, introducing amendments regarding the work of justices of the peace.


31 May

The Plenary Session of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation convened via web conference. In particular, amendments were adopted into Plenary Ruling No. 19 of 27 September 2012 “On Court Application of Legislation on Justifiable Defence and Injuries Caused in Apprehension of a Person That Committed a Crime”.


26 April

The Plenary Session of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation gathered remotely. In particular, a draft plenary ruling was discussed regarding the calculation of the period and the manner of expungement of criminal conviction.


5 April

The Plenary Session of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation convened online. Among other issues, the justices voted to introduce amendments into two earlier Plenary Rulings, No. 10 of 18 April 2017 “On Certain Issues of Court Application of Provisions of the Civil Procedure Code of the Russian Federation and of the Commercial Procedure Code of the Russian Federation regarding Simplified Proceedings” and No. 62 of 27 December 2016 “On Certain Issues of Court Application of Provisions of the Civil Procedure Code of the Russian Federation and of the Commercial Procedure Code of the Russian Federation on Court Order Proceedings”.


9 February

A conference of judges of courts of general jurisdiction and of commercial courts of the Russian Federation took place in Moscow. The event, held via videoconference, was dedicated to discussing the results of work of the courts in 2021 and setting the priorities for 2022. The conference was opened by Russian President Vladimir Putin, who praised the work of the apex court and of the whole judiciary.

Vyacheslav Lebedev, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation, presented a report regarding the work of the court system. He pointed out that despite the ongoing pandemic, the administration of justice never stopped and the courts managed to consider over 39 million cases in total.

Speaking about commercial proceedings, the Chief Justice pointed out the protection of rights of foreign investors. 13,800 cases were considered with their participation in 2021, and the investors won 90 % of the disputes. As regards criminal proceedings, Chief Justice Lebedev spoke about the further humanization of criminal legislation and judicial practice. The courts terminated criminal prosecution of 22 % of defendants in 2021, appointing punishment in the form of deprivation of freedom for only 28 % of defendants.

The full English version of the report can be consulted here.


11 January

On 7 December 2021, a seminar regarding the practice of consideration of environmental protection cases took place in the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation. It was moderated by Chief Justice Vyacheslav Lebedev and attended, in particular, by space pilot Anton Shkaplerov from aboard the International Space Station, and Mikhail Lobov, Judge of the European Court of Human Rights in respect of the Russian Federation.

English subtitles are now available for the seminar recording; the video can be viewed on the Supreme Court’s YouTube channel.

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