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About the School

The Judicial School of the Republic of Armenia (hereinafter Judicial School) is a legal entity with a non-profit, state, non-commercial organizational status, the founder of which is RA Council of Courts Chairmen. 

The activity of the school is regulated by RA Judicial Code (hereinafter Code) and by Charter of the school as well as by RA Law on State non-commercial organizations insofar as it is in its essence applicable to the Judicial School and is not in conflict with the Code. 

The Judicial School:
1. organizes the qualification examination held for the purpose of compiling the list of candidatures for judges;
2. by the results of the qualification examination organizes the professional preparation of persons involved in the lists of candidatures for judges;
3. organizes and conducts the training of school graduates, persons involved in the official qualification and promotion list;
4. organizes and conducts the professional training of judicial servants;
5. organizes and conducts seminars, conferences directed to the improvement of legal system, the legislation and the administration of justice, publishes academic literature, etc;
6. implements school curriculum drafting;
7. performs other functions stipulated by Charter. 

The governance of the School is realized by the School Governing Board and the School Headmaster. The School Governing Board carries out the general governance and the supervision of the ongoing activity of the School. Members of the School Governing Board are:
1. one person appointed by RA Minister of Justice;
2. one person appointed by the Chairman of RA Court of Cassation;
3. all the members of the Committee for Academic Issues of the Council of Courts Chairmen. 

The Chairman of the School Governing Board shall be the Chairman of the Committee for Academic Issues of RA Council of Courts Chairmen. The Governing Board of the Judicial School is carrying out its activities through sittings. The Board sittings are summoned by the Chairman of the Governing Board, by his/her initiative, as well as by the demand of the Chairman of the Court of Cassation, Minister of Justice, the Judicial School Headmaster. The Headmaster of the Judicial School has a right to participate in the Governing Board’s sittings only with the right to a consultative voice. The sitting of the Governing Board of the Judicial School is competent if 2/3 of its members are participating in it. The decisions of the Board are adopted by the majority of the overall number of votes of the members. 

The administration of the ongoing activities of the Judicial School is carried out by the Headmaster of the Judicial School, who is appointed for five years by the Governing Board of the Judicial School. The Headmaster of the Judicial School implements the governance of the ongoing activities of the Judicial School except the issues vested to the competence of the Governing Board of the Judicial School by the Code and by the Charter. 

Students of the Judicial School are persons involved in the list of candidatures for judges according to Articles 117 and 118 of the Code.
The study at the Judicial School is carried out via lectures, seminars, study-mock-cases, debates, discussion of questions concerning the adopted judicial acts and their peculiarities, acquaintance with concrete cases in the Courts, as well as didactic materials encouraging the students’ self-education, tapes, by the use of recorded lectures and by other modern educational methods. In the Judicial School the teaching of the students is carried out by lecturers who act as invited specialists by contract order. 

The study at the Judicial School ends with a probation period. According to Article 117 of the Code, the study at the Judicial School begins in January, after summarizing the results of qualification examination and finishes not later than July 31 of the same year.
From the first day of the first month following the graduation from the Judicial School, the Judicial School graduates shall necessarily be engaged in work in the central body of the Judicial Department and shall receive a salary corresponding to the position, functions typical of which they perform. School graduates may take the initiative to work as judge assistants instead of becoming engaged in work in the central body of the Judicial Department. 

The Judicial School, according to the training program drafted by the Board, is periodically organizing and holding training courses which are mandatory for the judges and all persons involved in the lists of candidatures for judges.
The order of implementation of the training programs, schedule, order of notification about them, the order of payment for lecturers implementing the training are decided by the order defined by the Charter of the Judicial School. 

The first entry of the Judicial School took place in 2007, in the result of which RA President approved the list of judge candidates. The first students graduated from the Judicial School in August, 2008.

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