Secretary of State Philipp Fernis welcoming the Kazakh guests to the Ministry of Justice for Rhineland-Palatinate
Secretary of State Philipp Fernis welcoming the Kazakh guests to the Ministry of Justice for Rhineland-Palatinate
Kazakhstan

From 21 to 24 October 2018, the IRZ organised a working visit on “Training for judges” by a high-ranking delegation from the Supreme Judicial Council of the Republic of Kazakhstan to Trier and Mainz in Germany. The Supreme Judicial Council of the Republic of Kazakhstan acts as a guarantor of judicial independence and integrity, playing an important role in the appointment of judges in Kazakhstan, which in turn is carried out by the President. When the law on the Supreme Judicial Council came into effect on 1 January 2016, more authority was passed to the committee so that it can improve and reform the court system within the framework of “100 steps to achieving the five reforms set by the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan”. One of the main foci of the Supreme Judicial Council is on the qualification requirements and prerequisites for candidates applying to become a judge.

During their stay, the delegation visited the conference facilities of the German Judicial Academy in Trier, the Administrative Court in Mainz, the Regional Court in Mainz and the Ministry of Justice for Rhineland-Palatinate.

At the conference facilities of the German Judicial Academy in Trier, the Kazakh guests were received by the Director of the German Judicial Academy, Dr. Stefan Tratz. As well as explaining the structure and organisation of training for judges in Germany, Dr. Tratz also talked about issues concerning the process of internships and prerequisites for being appointed a judge.

During the visit to the Administrative Court of Mainz on the second day, Court President, Dr. Bettina Freimund-Holler, and her Deputy, Dr. Christof Berthold, welcomed the delegation. They explained the tasks and responsibilities of the Administrative Court and answered questions from the Kazakh guests on judicial independence, the selection process and the appointment of judges in Germany.

At the Regional Court of Mainz, the delegation was received by the Court Vice-President, Dr. Ingrid Metzger, who led expert discussions on other issues including the disciplinary process.

Secretary of State Philipp Fernis welcomed the delegation to the Ministry of Justice for Rhineland-Palatinate on the last day of the working visit. Here, issues concerning the selection, employment, appraisal and promotion of judges were looked at in more detail. The delegation was also given a summary of the second judicial state exam.

The members of the delegation were able to develop a deeper insight into the training of judges in Germany during the expert discussions. To conclude, the working visit was a successful and fruitful event for the Kazakh participants.