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About the Council

The Council of Justice is an independent body, which executes its authorities stipulated by RA Constitution by the order stipulated by RA Judicial Code.

According to RA Constitution, there are nine judges in the composition of the Council of Justice, elected by the order defined by law, by the General Assembly of judges of the Republic of Armenia by secret ballot, for a period of five years, the President of the Republic and the National Assembly each appointing two legal scholars. 

The Council of Justice:
1. forms and submits to the approval of the President of the Republic the list of candidatures for judges, and lists of official promotion of judges, based on which are made the appointments;
2. gives a conclusion on the submitted candidatures for judges;
3. proposes candidatures for chairmen and judges of the Court of Cassation, its chambers, candidatures for the chairmen of the Courts of Appeal, First Instance and Specialized Courts;
4. by the inquiry of the President of the Republic expresses opinion on the issues of pardon;
5. imposes disciplinary liability on judges, presents a suggestion to the President of the Republic on terminating the authorities of a judge, an agreement for detaining a judge, involving him/her as a defendant or imposing administrative responsibility on him/her by judicial order. 

While executing its authorities, the Council adopts Decisions, gives conclusions. The Council of Justice carries out its activity through sessions. The session of the Council is competent if more than half of the overall number of the members of the Council is participating in it. The Chairman of the Court of Cassation conducts the sessions of the Council of Justice without the right to vote. 

The Council of Justice forms a Disciplinary Committee consisting of three members of the Council for one year term. Two judges and one legal scholar, members of the Council, are in the composition of the Disciplinary Committee. The composition of the Disciplinary Committee is formed by the order of rotation taking as a basis the selection or appointment date of the Council member. The members of the Council selected or appointed earlier are in the composition of the Disciplinary Committee. In case of coincidence of the dates of the Council members’ selection or appointment, the composition of the Disciplinary Committee is formed by the alphabetical order of the surnames of the Council members.
 
The Disciplinary Committee has a right to:
1. initiate disciplinary proceedings against a judge of the Courts of First Instance and Appeal and against the Chairman of the Court, and apply to the Council of Justice with a relevant petition;
2. based on the application of the Ethics Committee of RA Council of Courts Chairmen, initiate a disciplinary proceedings against a judge of the Court of Cassation and Chamber Chairman, as well as against the Chairman of the Court of Cassation and apply to the Council of Justice with a relevant petition. 

The staff of the Council of Justice provides the full and effective execution of authorities and the participation in civil legal relationships vested to the Council of Justice, the legal status and the order of activity of which are defined by RA Constitution, laws, by Charter of the subdivision, by the founder’s Decisions (orders) and by other legal acts. 

Applications and other documents addressed to the Council of Justice are handed over to the office of the Court of Cassation (address: 5 Vazgen Sargsyan, Yerevan city, telephone: 511-778). 

The staff of the Council of Justice is located at 5 Vazgen Sargsyan, Yerevan city.

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