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DECREE OF THE PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF BELARUS

of November 29, 2013 No. 6

About enhancement of judicial system of the Republic of Belarus

For the purpose of enhancement of judicial system of the Republic of Belarus, ensuring unity of court practice, improvement of quality of implementation of justice, further development of specialization of courts and judges by hearing of cases, material and staffing of courts and according to part three of article 101 of the Constitution of the Republic of Belarus I decide improvements:

1. Combine the Supreme Court and the Supreme Economic Court, having formed single supreme judicial authority on civil, criminal, administrative and economic cases - the Supreme Court heading system of courts of law of the Republic of Belarus.

Rename economic courts of areas (city of Minsk) into economic courts of areas (city of Minsk).

2. Determine that:

2.1. the system of courts of law consists from:

Supreme Court;

regional (The Minsk city) courts, economic courts of areas (city of Minsk);

district (city) courts.

In system of courts of law specialized courts can be created;

2.2. bodies of judicial community are:

congress of judges of the Republic of Belarus;

Republican judicial council;

conferences of judges regional (The Minsk city) courts and economic courts of areas (city of Minsk);

The highest qualification board of judges of the Supreme Court, qualification boards of judges regional (The Minsk city) courts and economic courts of areas (city of Minsk);

2.3. The Supreme Court is effective in structure:

Plenum of the Supreme Court;

Presidium of the Supreme Court;

judicial board on criminal cases of the Supreme Court;

judicial board on civil cases of the Supreme Court;

judicial board on economic cases of the Supreme Court;

judicial board for intellectual property of the Supreme Court.

If necessary by the President of the Republic of Belarus on representation of the Chairman of the Supreme Court in the Supreme Court other judicial boards for specialized hearing of cases can be formed;

2.4. the Chairman of the Supreme Court, the first deputy and vice-chairmen of the Supreme Court, judges of the Supreme Court, chairmen regional (The Minsk city) courts, economic courts of areas (city of Minsk) are part of the Plenum of the Supreme Court;

2.5. The Supreme Court, the Plenum of the Supreme Court and Presidium of the Supreme Court in addition to the powers referred to their competence by legal acts are allocated with the powers provided by legal acts respectively for the Supreme Economic Court, the Plenum of the Supreme Economic Court and Presidium of the Supreme Economic Court.

Judicial boards of the Supreme Court consider within the competence cases in quality of Trial Court, in cassation procedure, according to the procedure of supervision and on newly discovered facts, and also perform other powers according to legal acts.

Judicial boards of the Supreme Court can consider according to legal acts within the competence of case in appeal procedure.

3. Create the Highest qualification board of judges in the Supreme Court, having given to it authority on:

to carrying out certification of judges of the Supreme Court (except the Chairman of the Supreme Court), chairmen regional (The Minsk city) courts, economic courts of areas (city of Minsk) and deputy chairmen of these courts, members of the Highest qualification board of judges of the Supreme Court, qualification boards of judges regional (The Minsk city) courts and economic courts of areas (city of Minsk), and also to implementation concerning their disciplinary production;

to consideration of claims to the conclusions accepted by qualification boards of judges regional (The Minsk city) and economic courts of areas (city of Minsk);

to implementation of other powers provided by legal acts for qualification board of judges of the Supreme Court.

4. Create qualification boards of judges regional (The Minsk city) courts and economic courts of areas (city of Minsk), having given to them authority on:

to carrying out certification of judges regional (The Minsk city) courts, economic courts of areas (city of Minsk) (except chairmen, deputy chairmen, members of qualification boards of judges of the specified courts), chairmen, deputy chairmen and judges of district (city) courts, and also to implementation concerning their disciplinary production;

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