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The procedural reform of 2018 introduced amendments into the Civil Procedural Code of the Russian Federation, Arbitration Procedural Code of the Russian Federation and Administrative Jurisdiction Procedural Code of the Russian Federation. Here are some of them.

  • Now, only persons «having a higher legal education or a degree in law» can represent parties in the court of law by power of attorney in a civil and arbitration litigation. An exception is provided for patent and trademark attorneys who are permitted to represent their clients in the court only in relation to IP disputes.
  • In civil and arbitration cases, order of enforcement will be issued only at the request of the party. Cases when order of enforcement is issued for the recovery of money to the budget will be an exception.
  • A decision was made to set up structurally independent cassation and appellate courts in the system of courts of general jurisdiction (where the disputes with participation of individuals are considered). In total, 9 cassation and 5 appellate courts of general jurisdiction will be established.

This Federal Law enters into force starting from the date of the opening of mentioned above cassation courts and appellate courts of general jurisdiction in accordance with part 3 of article 7 of Federal Constitutional Law No. 1-FKZ of July 29, 2018, but no later than by October 01, 2019.

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