Tapping Judges

The Chairman of the Supreme Commercial Court Anton Ivanov has suggested that commercial courts have an own security unit. It would collect intelligence about judges, identify conflicts of interest and fight corruption within the judiciary. He wouldn't even object to telephone tapping, said Anton Ivanov. ‘If there was such a service,’ said the head of Russian commercial courts, ‘a judge would think twice before agreeing to meet with a lawyer [outside the court premises]’.

He also suggested that every contact of a party to a case with a judge must be registered. Anton Ivanov admitted that attempts to exert pressure on judges take place, especially from the law enforcement agencies.