The Supreme Tribunal of the Russian Federation proposed transfer of offence of lesser gravity discharge from criminal to administrative. Namely the beating and small thefts.
The head of the Russian Supreme court Vyacheslav Lebedev at a meeting with President Vladimir Putin suggested to be modified slightly the criminal code. The judge believes that it is necessary to eliminate the offence of lesser gravity, such as beatings and small theft. Taking into account the opinion Lebedev these crimes should be exempted from the criminal liability and included in the category of administrative offences.
The chief justice stressed that this will reduce the number of sent cases to the courts for 300 thousand each year. "The draft law, prepared by the Supreme court, is expected to offences of lesser gravity, such as beatings, the use of falsified, an informal document and a number of other, translate the compositions of the criminal activities in the administrative punishable with the same punishment - a fine, correctional, or by compulsory works. But then a criminal record, no verdict" - quoted Lebedev, RIA Novosti.
Together with this, the chief justice reported that in recent years the number of cases on indictment of an offence of lesser gravity increased significantly. According to his statement, in the past year, such cases were received in respect of 330 thousand people and amounted to 46% of all cases considered by the courts, however in 2000 was 15% (in relation to 184 thousand).
"The nature, the degree of public danger of data cases sometimes excellent adequate actions and the results of a criminal record, can I say right, negative and inadequate minor offenses", - he added. Lebedev added that in addition it is necessary to increase the amount of theft, for which criminal liability is provided.
"At the moment is a thousand rubles. Expected to increase to 5 thousand rubles, and the substantial damage be considered theft not from 2,5 thousand, and 10 thousand rubles," - said Lebedev. With all of this, according to him, pickpocketing as part of an organized group will remain a criminal offence. Small theft, having regard to the opinion Lebedeva, can be translated into the category of administrative offences.
"And in the 3rd section (the bill) is expected to enter a completely new order of exemption from criminal liability. The procedure for this is as follows. Without initiating criminal proceedings or refusing to initiate criminal proceedings, the investigating authorities may apply the measures of criminal-legal nature, in other words to impose a fine or correctional or compulsory work in that case, if the person has committed a crime of small or average weight, but made for the first time and completely indemnified the caused damage," - said Lebedev.
Managing the Supreme court emphasized that a similar initiative will also allow a little bit to unload the judges. "In other words, it will create an extremely good reserve for the work of the investigating authorities and personnel, and technical, and material so that you can this provision be applied for the investigation of more serious offences. This is, of course, too positive movement in the social structure," - said the President of the Supreme court.
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