• Reception at the Brandenburg police headquarters by the Head of the Legal Department, Bernd Kalthoff (left), and the Head of Department 4 at the Ministry of the Interior for the federal state of Brandenburg, Dr. Herbert Trimbach (centre)

    Reception at the Brandenburg police headquarters by the Head of the Legal Department, Bernd Kalthoff (left), and the Head of Department 4 at the Ministry of the Interior for the federal state of Brandenburg, Dr. Herbert Trimbach (centre)

  • Visit to the President of the Regional Court of Potsdam, Dirk Ehlert (centre)

    Visit to the President of the Regional Court of Potsdam, Dirk Ehlert (centre)

  • After the expert discussions with the Vice-President of the Local Court of Bremen, Ellen Best (3rd from right)

    After the expert discussions with the Vice-President of the Local Court of Bremen, Ellen Best (3rd from right)

From 7 to 10 June 2016, a study visit on the specific tasks handled by investigative magistrates took place in Berlin and Potsdam. Five judges from various regions of Kazakhstan took part in the visit. The event followed on from the seminar in Astana, which also dealt with the new authority of investigative magistrates.

The position of investigative magistrate was introduced in Kazakhstan alongside the new code of criminal procedure, which has been in force since January 2015. Since January 2016, the authority of investigative magistrates has been extended to allow them to order searches, body searches, inspections and seizures.

During the working visit, expert discussions were held at the German Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection, at the Regional Court of Potsdam and at the Brandenburg police headquarters. The delegation was informed about German legislation relating to the authority of investigative magistrates, as well as about their duties and those of the Public Prosecutor’s Office and the police during an investigative procedure. The participants had the opportunity to discuss similarities and differences in the criminal procedure of both countries with German experts.

Further deliberations will take place on the practical application of the new legal framework. This year, there are plans for two more events in cooperation with the Supreme Court of the Republic of Kazakhstan.