It would be a mistake to brag that people are satisfied with the courts and that justice is celebrated in this system. These criticisms belong to Shuhrat Polvanov, who was elected to the position of deputy chairman of the Supreme Court of the Republic of Uzbekistan - the chairman of the judicial panel on economic affairs for a five-year term.
We asked Polvanov, who has only had the top position in the Supreme Court for a few hours, about the current judicial system and its shortcomings. Polvanov started by saying that in the past six years, under the leadership of the President, many reforms have been implemented in the field of justice and law.
"There has been a change in the judicial system compared to before. We can see this if we compare it with the previous judicial system. However, the system is not without its shortcomings. It would be a mistake to brag that our citizens are satisfied with the courts and that justice is celebrated in the system. During my work as a deputy, I met directly with citizens and monitored social networks. I am aware of the problems. Entrepreneurs play a big role in the economy. It would be correct to say that the correct resolution of economic disputes between entrepreneurs and citizens is one of the indicators of economic development.
If we count the shortcomings of the judicial system, one of the biggest is that when citizens go to the economic court, the case belongs to the civil court, and if they go to it, it is their business. Draft laws are being discussed to eliminate such shortcomings, and if adopted, a "Single window" system will be established. In this case, if a citizen submits his issue to an economic court, but the case is related to a civil court, the courts themselves exchange information. This will help citizens not to be too overwhelmed. I think we can say that this will be a positive solution if it works," says Shuhrat Polvonov.
According to Polvonov, the mandate of more than ten judges was terminated earlier this year. It is good that there is a mechanism of punishment, but it is not possible to gain people's confidence in the justice system by punishing judges.
"People are dissatisfied with the decisions of the court and the quality of work. However, I believe that these are shortcomings that can be corrected. In this case, the main attention should be paid to improving the qualifications of the judge. In 2022 itself, at the initiative of the Supreme Council of Judges, the mandate of more than ten judges was prematurely terminated. The cases of several judges have been referred to law enforcement agencies for legal action. This is proof of the existence of a punishment mechanism.
We cannot gain people's confidence in justice by simply punishing the judge. Improving the experience of the judge will be an important factor for us to provide justice to the people. Our goal, first of all, is to achieve a judicial system that satisfies citizens," says Shuhrat Polvanov, deputy chairman of the Supreme Court, who has not yet taken office.
For information, Shuhrat Toghaymurodovich Polvanov was born on 11 December 1977, in the Pastdargom district of the Samarkand region. In 2002, he graduated from the Tashkent State Law Institute. The 44-year-old lawyer is a member of the "Adolat" Social Democratic Party.
During 2015-2020, he worked as a member of the Legislative Chamber of the Oliy Majlis of the Republic of Uzbekistan from the Nurabad constituency.
It should be noted that since 2017, the term of office of Bakhtiyor Isakov, who has been working as the deputy chairman of the Supreme Court of the Republic of Uzbekistan - the chairman of the judicial panel on economic affairs, ended in October this year. After that, the former deputy chairman of the Supreme Court was appointed to the position of economic affairs judge of the Syrdarya regional court.