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The Supreme Judicial Council of Armenia and the Venice Commission had a very heated debate over judicial and legal reforms. This is what Chairman of the Supreme Judicial Council Ruben Vardazaryan said during a meeting with judges of the Yerevan court of first instance today.

“The Supreme Judicial Council met with the Venice Commission and had a nearly two-hour discussion, which was very heated. We all expressed the position of the Supreme Judicial Council. There were some issues over which the members of the Supreme Judicial Council had disagreements. We expressed our personal opinions to the Venice Commission,” he said.

According to Vardazaryan, all the opinions of the judges on judicial and legal reforms that were not accepted by the Supreme Judicial Council have been photocopied and submitted to both the Armenian government and the Venice Commission.

Vardazaryan informed that the Supreme Judicial Council and the Standing Committee on State and Legal Affairs of the National Assembly have an agreement that one member of the Supreme Judicial Council will participate in all of the Committee’s sessions, regardless of whether the particular issue concerns the Supreme Judicial Council or not. “In cases when the issues concern the judiciary, there will be an unlimited number of attendees representing the Supreme Judicial Council. Moreover, the Committee’s sessions will be open-door sessions,” he said.

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