Kocharian Names Appeals Court Members

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–President Robert Kocharian signed a decree Wednesday appointing the Court of Appeals of the Republic of Armenia.

Those appointmen’s are as follows: Henrik Danielian–Chairman of the Court of Appeals; Mher Khachatrian–chairman of the chamber for criminal and military cases–(the judges of the chamber are David Avetissian–Zinavor Ghoukassian–Hovhanness Ghoukassian–Gevorg Matevossian and Margo Simonian.

Arman Mkrtumian is chairman of the chamber for civil and economic cases of the Court of Appeals. The judges of the chamber are Varuzhan Abelian–Hamlet Gevorgian–Samvel Giurjian–Olga Hovhannissian and Slava Sargssian.

The determination and will of the president is needed in addition to a new package of laws to ensure the actual independence of the judicial power–President Kocharian said after the introduction of the chairman of the newly established Court of Appeal Thursday.

Kocharian underlined that it will require much effort to ensure the independence of the judicial power.

The president denied rumors that the chairman of the Supreme Court Tariel Barseghian had resigned before the Supreme Court was abolished. At the same time–Kocharian pointed out that Barseghian "didn’t quite share these approaches" in the issue of judicial reforms.

The president appreciated Barseghian’s work during the hard times for Armenia and regretted that the latter was not attending the ceremony. "It’s a little difficult for people to experience similar momen’s," he said.

Commenting on the statement of the working group on the elaboration of the draft code of criminal procedure that the National Assembly adopted a distorted draft and that they are not responsible for that–Kocharian said that "the juridical thought of the republic divided into two parts: one portion feels that things can be done in another manner."

Kocharian stressed that judicial reforms in Armenia are based on the Constitution and several of its provisions.

The president thinks that it would have been more dangerous if concrete steps had been taken in the aspect of judicial reforms instead.

"We would have gotten stuck in endless disputes," Kocharian concluded.

He went on to emphasize again the significance of an independent judiciary–saying that in addition to a working structure–Armenia’s judicial branch must also be worthy of the citizens’ respect and trust.

According to the president–this concept–due to various social and political reasons–is indeed not present in the daily existence of Armenia–and hence the citizens of Armenia do not trust the third estate.

"Today–we have the opportunity to revive that trust and respect for the judicial branch–and this revival lies–for the first part–in the hand of the Appeals Court of Armenia," said the president.

In conclusion–President Kocharian added that those members of the Supreme Court who were not assigned to the newly reformed Court of Appeals–must continue their judicial service within other structures of the branch–because–as he said–their expertise and experience is unparalleled and their service comendable.

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