August 16, 2018, Astana. Under the chairmanship of the Prosecutor General there was a meeting of the Coordination Council on Ensuring the Rule of Law, Law and Order and Combating Crime, where they discussed matters of digitalization of the criminal process and the modernization of the procedural foundations of law enforcement activities.
Deputy Prime Minister Askar Zhumagaliyev, representatives of the Administration of the President, the Government, the Minister of Finance, members of the Coordinating Council took part in the event.
They noted that in accordance with the instruction of the Head of the State, a gradual transition of the criminal justice procedure to the electronic format is being implemented in the framework of the "Digital Kazakhstan" program in the country.
The main goal of the project is to protect the citizens’ rights and provide quick access to justice.
It is expected that automation will cover all stages of the criminal process: from registration and investigation of crimes to the execution of the sentence.
Advantages of the electronic format of the investigation of cases are optimization, simplification of procedures for gathering evidence and drafting procedural documents, and strengthening prosecutorial and judicial control.
To date, about 5,000 cases are being investigated electronically, of which 2.3 thousand are sent to court.
However, as the chairman of the Coordinating Council, General Prosecutor Kairat Kozhamzharov, emphasized, in order to fully implement electronic legal proceedings, it is necessary to resolve issues of financing, proper technical equipping of criminal prosecution bodies and training of staff in its skills.
In this regard, they discussed matters with the members of the Government about allocation of budgetary funds for the further implementation of the project, and the heads of law enforcement agencies were instructed to ensure strict compliance with the terms of stage-by-stage automation of the criminal process.
Further reports were heard on measures taken by the authorized bodies to improve the level of protection of the citizens’ rights in the criminal process, reduce its repressiveness, and optimize the form of conducting criminal proceedings.
Thus, for 7 months of work, under the conditions of the Law aimed at modernizing criminal and criminal procedural legislation, the number of detainees (from 9 789 to 6 508) detained (from 8 835 to 6 148) and those sentenced to deprivation freedom (from 12,414 to 4,231).
In order to protect the constitutional rights of citizens, the stage-by-stage transfer to the court of powers to authorize all investigative actions is completed.
Since March of the current year the courts gave 8 thousand sanctions for conducting unsolicited investigative actions.
Over 600 cases have been completed in order of writ proceedings.
The Prosecutor General especially focused on the inadmissibility of violation of the law and the citizens’ rights when initiating secret investigative actions, excluding the facts of unreasonable detention of citizens, ensuring the implementation of the powers of defense lawyers to collect evidence.
Based on the results of the Coordinating Council, they developed a number of specific recommendations.
Press Service of the General Prosecutor’s Office