Petra Bertelsmeier, a former Senior Public Prosecutor at the Public Prosecutor General's Office in Frankfurt; Helene Philippsen, IRZ Project Manager; Ingrid Haussmann, a judge at the Higher Regional Court of Munich (from left to right)
Petra Bertelsmeier, a former Senior Public Prosecutor at the Public Prosecutor General's Office in Frankfurt; Helene Philippsen, IRZ Project Manager; Ingrid Haussmann, a judge at the Higher Regional Court of Munich (from left to right)

The IRZ has been involved in the annual International Conference on Criminal Proceedings in Ak Bulak near Almaty since 2013. The theme of this year's conference is "Implementing constitutional standards to guarantee efficient criminal proceedings". The conference took place on 1 and 2 March 2018 in cooperation between the IRZ and the Constitutional Council, the Public Prosecutor General's Office and the Supreme Court of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

The main focus was on

  • improving judicial monitoring in pre-trial procedures,
  • modernising case law and
  • the new role of public prosecutors in the criminal procedure of the Republic of Kazakhstan against the background of the constitutional reform that has taken place.

The IRZ, supported by an institutional grant from the German Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection, was represented by lectures from two German experts. Petra Bertelsmeier, a former Senior Public Prosecutor at the Public Prosecutor General's Office in Frankfurt, gave a lecture on the duties of the public prosecutor's office in criminal investigations and on the role of the public prosecutor in criminal proceedings. Ingrid Haussmann, a judge at the Higher Regional Court of Munich, informed the audience about the powers of the court of law in pre-trial procedures. In an additional contribution, she presented the accelerated procedure in Germany.

High-ranking Kazakh representatives from the following institutions took part in the conference:

  • President's office,
  • Constitutional Council,
  • Public Prosecutor General's Office,
  • Supreme Court,
  • Parliament,
  • Ministries of Justice, Internal Affairs and Finance,
  • Collegium of Lawyers and
  • Universities.

Also in attendance were the Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany in Kazakhstan, Rolf Mafael, and the Head of the OSCE Programme Office in Astana, Gy├Ârgy Szabo.

The participants showed a great deal of interest in the German legal system. The role of public prosecutors in the investigation process was discussed particularly intensively.

To conclude, following further reforms of the code of criminal procedure for the Republic of Kazakhstan, the decision-making process for optimising and applying the new legal standards shall be continued.