Assessing the Role of the Justice-of-The-Peace Courts in the Russian Judicial System

Review of Central and East European Law, Forthcoming

Univ. of Wisconsin Legal Studies Research Paper No. 1199

26 Pages Posted: 26 Jun 2012

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Kathryn Hendley

University of Wisconsin-Madison Law School; University of Wisconsin - Madison - Department of Political Science

Date Written: June 25, 2012

Abstract

The article explores the first decade of the justice-of-the-peace courts of Russia. These courts were created to ease the burden on first-instance trial courts, allowing them to devote more time to complex cases. They now hear almost all administrative cases and over half of all civil and criminal cases. Over the decade of their existence, legislators have experimented with the jurisdictional boundaries. Social science research suggests that litigants are generally satisfied with their experiences. The article argues that the goal of relieving pressure on other courts has been achieved, but whether the JP courts have enhanced access to justice for ordinary Russians is less clear.

Keywords: Russia, Courts, Case management, Judges

JEL Classification: K40, O17

Suggested Citation

Hendley, Kathryn, Assessing the Role of the Justice-of-The-Peace Courts in the Russian Judicial System (June 25, 2012). Review of Central and East European Law, Forthcoming, Univ. of Wisconsin Legal Studies Research Paper No. 1199, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2091121

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