The city of Shchuchinsk. November 10, 2017 The international conference on the topic: "Kazakhstan's criminal process: ways of modernization" has been held today in Shchuchinsk. The conference was organized on the initiative of the Administration of the President, the Mazhilis of the Parliament, the Supreme Court and the General Prosecutor’s Office of the country with the organizational and financial assistance of the European Union project "Improving Criminal Justice in Kazakhstan" and the project of the EU and the Council of Europe "Support in improving the quality and efficiency of the justice system in Kazakhstan".
Deputy Head of the Presidential Administration Donakov T. S., the Chairman of the Constitutional Council Rogov I. I., the Chairman of the Supreme Court Mami K. A., the Chairman of the Committee on Constitutional Legislation, Judicial System and Law Enforcement Bodies of the Senate of Parliament Kim G. V., the Chairman of the Committee on Legislation and Judicial and Legal Reform of the Mazhilis of the Parliament Abdirov N. M., the Minister of Justice Beketayev M. B., the deputies of the Parliament and representatives of the central law enforcement agencies, a scientific communities and an advocate nongovernmental organizations, international and national experts took part in the work of the conference.
The moderator of the event was General Prosecutor Zhakip Assanov. After the welcoming speech of the Deputy Chief of the Presidential Administration Talgat Donakov and other participants of the conference, Deputy Prosecutor General Marat Akhmetzhanov delivered a report on measures taken to strengthen the guarantees of the rights of citizens in the criminal process.
He told about the main provisions of the bill, initiated by the Head of State and submitted to the Parliament. These are: reduction of the terms of detention of persons from 72 to 48 hours, incl. minors up to 24 hours; the obligation to notify citizens of the unauthorized access carried out against them; reduction of the grounds for applying the preventive punishment in the form of arrest for economic crimes; expansion of the powers of lawyers to submit motions and collect evidence; the introduction of a new institution of mandative production for misdemeanors and crimes of minor gravity.
The Chairman of the Committee of the General Prosecutor's Office (CLSaSR) Bagdat Mussin reported on the innovations on the digitization of the criminal process.
He noted that the transfer of the criminal process to the digital format will ensure its transparency, strengthen the judicial and prosecutorial control, reduce abuse and will also contribute to the economy of the process and the convenience of citizens.
A judge of the Constitutional Court of Bulgaria Rumen Nenkov’s report on the implementation of elements of the adversarial process in the continental legal system and lessons for Kazakhstan and the judge of the Court of Appeal, Professor of Criminal Law of the Netherlands Jan Raintish, who spoke about the experience of modernization of the criminal process of the EU countries aroused great interest.
During the conference, an interested exchange of views on further modernization of the criminal process in the country took place. The participants of the event agreed that this work is carried out by the interested bodies consistently with reference to international standards in the field of protection of human rights and freedoms.