Christian Roch (right), a judge at the local court of Sonthofen, and Abai Rakhmetulin, Chairman of the criminal division at the Supreme Court of the Republic of Kazakhstan.Christian Roch (right), a judge at the local court of Sonthofen, and Abai Rakhmetulin, Chairman of the criminal division at the Supreme Court of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

In cooperation with the Supreme Court of the Republic of Kazakhstan, a seminar was held in Astana at the end of October on “Criminal offences in the RK penal code”.

The term “criminal offences” was introduced in Kazakhstan with the reform of the penal code in 2015. The event focussed on the application of new legal standards in procedural practice. The classification of crimes and differences between criminal and administrative offences have repeatedly been discussed.

40 judges from various regions of Kazakhstan took part in the seminar, as well as representatives of the Public Prosecutor General’s Office, the Institute of Legislation, the Ministry of Justice and the Kazakhstan Bar Association. Christan Roch, a German expert and judge at the local court in Sonthofen, attended as the director’s permanent representative. In his lectures, he started by outlining European experiences of criminal offences. Mr Roch then looked at the particularities of the process for criminal offences in Germany.

A closing event is planned to take place in Germany in November in cooperation with the Supreme Court of the Republic of Kazakhstan.