High-ranking delegation from the Supreme Judicial Council of the Republic of Kazakhstan visits Germany to discuss judicial training

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.

Working visit of a high-ranking delegation from the Republic of Kazakhstan on the topics prison system and police training

Visit of the police headquarters in Nienburg (centre: Nurlan Yermekbayev, Secretary of the Security Council of RK)
Visit of the police headquarters in Nienburg (centre: Nurlan Yermekbayev, Secretary of the Security Council of RK)
Kazakhstan

From 18 to 20 July 2018 a high-ranking delegation from the Republic of Kazakhstan (RK) visited several institutions of the prison system of Lower Saxony to obtain information about the prison system and the training of police officers.

The members of the delegation were:

  • Nurlan Yermekbayev, Secretary of the Security Council of RK;
  • Alexey Kalaichidi, Head of the Law Enforcement System Department at the Executive Office of the President of RK
  • Berik Bissenkulov, Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs of RK; and
  • Azamat Bazylbekov, Chairperson of the Committee of the Criminal-Executive System at the Ministry of Internal Affairs of RK.

The topics on the first day were the prison system and the probation service system. Dr. Peter Best, supported by Public Prosecutor General Dr. Frank Lüttig, gave a detailed overview of the German prison system and the alternatives.

On the second day the delegation visited the police academy in Nienburg and gained information about the higher education of police officers. Professor Dr. Heike Matthias-Ripke reported extensively about the three-year course at the academy, the individual subjects taught and about the career prospects after completing the study course.The next stop on the working visit was an afternoon at the police headquarters in Nienburg. The participants gained information on how the German police is organised and what its tasks are.

On the last day the delegation visited the prison in Sehnde. After a comprehensive introduction into the work of the penal institution, there was a guided tour of the training rooms and workshops, amongst others.

At the request of the Kazakh partners further consultations on the prison system are to take place.

A follow-up event in Kazakhstan in autumn has been proposed.

Kazakh delegation visits Frankfurt/Main for a study visit on criminal proceedings

Visit to the German Centre for Combating Cyber Crime in Gießen
Visit to the German Centre for Combating Cyber Crime in Gießen
Kazakhstan

From 19 to 22 June 2018, a high-ranking delegation from the Republic of Kazakhstan learned about how the criminal investigation process works in Germany. The study visit to Frankfurt/Main organised by the IRZ was supported by an institutional grant from the German Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection.

The Kazakh delegation was made up of high-ranking representatives from the following institutions

  • President’s office,
  • Office of the Public Prosecutor General,
  • Supreme Court,
  • Ministry of Internal Affairs
  • the National Security Committee
  • the National Anti-Corruption Bureau

The main focus was on how the criminal investigation process works in Germany and on the powers of public prosecutors, the police and the court in criminal investigation processes.

The event began with a very lively exchange of experiences between the Kazakh guests and the German experts. Representing the German side were:

  • Hans-Josef Blumensatt, former Prosecutor General,
  • Dr. Achim Thiel, former Chief of Police and
  • Dr. Andreas Weishaupt, a judge at the Higher Regional Court of Düsseldorf.

The expert discussions continued at the public prosecutor’s office, the police headquarters and at the local court in Frankfurt. The delegation also paid a visit to the German Centre for Combating Cyber Crime at the office of the public prosecutor general of Frankfurt in Gießen. Here the focus was in particular on investigations / internet crime. 

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

Following many years of advice provided by the IRZ, the Kazakh partners are planning to base their criminal investigation process on the German model.