ArmInfo.The existing judicial-legal system of Armenia resembles a well with stagnant water. Chairman "INDEPENDENT JUDGE" HUMAN RIGHTS LAW OFFICE, lawyer Pargev Ohanyan expressed this opinion to ArmInfo
"I am convinced that this well with stagnant dirty water needs to be closed and a new clean source of justice opened. In my opinion, the Court of Cassation can and should play the most important role in such a process as the justice authority of the higher instance," said the lawyer.
According to his estimates, there are enough problems in the judicial system, however, any decision must be carried out on a legal plane and exclusively within the framework of the law. You can start with the formation of a commission consisting of professionals, which in turn will prepare a package of relevant amendments to the Constitution, to the relevant laws governing the activities of courts.
On May 20, the Armenian Prime Minister voiced the need for "surgical intervention" in the judicial system, stipulating this by the distrust of the Armenian public regarding the courts. Pashinyan stressed the need to subject Armenian judges to venting and introduce transitional justice mechanisms in the country. On the same day, according to his appeal, citizens blocked the buildings of the courts throughout Armenia, after which Pashinyan demanded that the judges, who "passing verdicts violating the rights of citizens", resign.
In any case, Ohaniyn is convinced that it is impossible to preserve the judicial system in the form in which it exists today. At the same time, according to his estimates, there are decent judges in the country with a spotless biography, the lawyer is convinced that there are exceptions in the system and there are quite a few of them, especially among young and educated judges.
"At the same time, the requirements of the head of the executive branch, the prime minister, do not have legal force addressed to unscrupulous judges. And he is not to dismiss their authority. But he has to put pressure on them by catching his hand for this or that violation of the law but in the end, it is the direct responsibility of the executive branch, first and foremost law enforcement, " summed up Ohanyan. To note, according to the estimates of the Minister of Justice of Armenia Artak Zeynalyan, the proposed vetting in the judicial system proposed by the Prime Minister does not have any connection with the previously announced implementation of "transitional justice" in Armenia. "The vetting institute is already operating in Albania under the recommendations of the EU, CE and other European structures. The vetting right has already received a positive assessment of the Venice Commission, however, its introduction in Armenia requires legislative registration," the minister told reporters.