ArmInfo.Currently, the legal and judicial system remains the biggest problem for Armenia. Yesterday, during the meeting with the ambassadors of foreign states and international structures accredited to Armenia, Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan said
As the press service of the Cabinet reported, the Prime Minister noted "Indeed, the judicial system is our biggest problem today. You know that specific events have taken place recently and are still happening. The political bottleneck that faced the government during the past year, and I personally encountered the same reality that our public opinion, our society holds the government responsible for all irregular judicial decisions. Although I have repeatedly made it clear that I am not involved in judicial processes and have no desire to do so, society keeps putting the blame on the government for all judicial decisions, considering that the court rulings comply with the Prime Minister's personal decisions. This is a very complex inertia inherited from the past. At times, the government is forced to simply disassociate itself from such rulings because otherwise it can face a certain crisis of confidence.
According to him, at this stage there is hope for cooperation with international partners in order to form a truly independent judicial system in Armenia. " And, of course, at this stage, we hope to cooperate closely with our international partners to have a truly independent judiciary in Armenia because I have long been analyzing what is the reason for such an attitude and such a public perception. And it was clear to me that there is some disbalance in the current situation. This imbalance is expressed as follows: today the National Assembly represents the people and reflects the people's choice. I mean that the incumbent MPs are in the National Assembly simply because the voters have opted for the political force represented by these people. I am now Prime Minister for a simple reason that I was first nominated as Prime Minister by the political force which won the absolute majority of the votes. "Nikol Pashinyan said.
"From a political point of view, the Prime Minister continued ,one particular issue arises, namely who is represented by the judiciary after the revolution and whose power it is exercising in the Republic of Armenia. I say this because the second and unchangeable article of the Constitution of Armenia states that in the Republic of Armenia, the power belongs to the people. The people shall exercise their power through free elections, referenda, as well as through state and local self-government bodies and officials provided for by the Constitution.
The courts are among those public bodies prescribed by the Constitution, and our Constitution clearly provides that these State institutions should be directly associated with the people, that is, they should have the mandate and authority to act on behalf of the people. And the problem is that, as a matter of fact, we have not had such a situation during last year's political developments. And due to this, court rulings are causing discontent in our society; the public simply does not have trust in the judicial system and this can become a permanent source of crisis." the head of government emphasized.
He also expressed confidence that the time had come to solve this problem." I am convinced that the time has come to deal with this problem, but I am also convinced that we cannot reproduce the previous judicial system we had. I have written about it for many years and have even been condemned by that judicial system and my conviction is that political changes will be absolutely pointless if we do not build a truly independent judicial system, the rulings of which could be accepted as decisions made on behalf of the Republic of Armenia and its people. However, there is no such an atmosphere in the country as of yet. Therefore, considering that the executive power enjoys the people's trust in Armenia, I feel that the time has come either for the judicial power to enjoy the people's trust,'' the Prime Minister said.
He also noted "I do not mean the government's trust in the judiciary, but the people's trust, because should the government wish to have an abiding judicial system in Armenia, it would be free to do so, especially as the judicial system used to work under conditions when there was a perfect trust between the government and the judiciary. But this way is unacceptable to us, because it is against the values on which we have been implementing changes in Armenia. And we hope and are confident that we will succeed in building a reliable judicial system in close cooperation with our international partners," Nikol Pashinyan said.