The OSCE Office for
Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) contacted the Human Rights
Defender of Armenia on their own initiative to discuss the procedure for the
ongoing judicial appointment process for the Constitutional Court and an
agreement was reached to closely monitor the process.
The Human Rights Defender and
the OSCE ODIHR held a series of discussions on the importance of an independent
assessment of the judicial appointment process for the Constitutional Court and
how the two institutions can work together to review the process. During the
discussions, it was underlined that ODIHR would provide technical expertise in
the assessment and would produce legal analysis on the legislation regulating
the judicial appointment, the applicable international standards, commitments
and best practices.
The aim of the assessment is
to conduct an independent and impartial view of the proceedings in terms of
building public confidence in the independence of the judiciary. The focus will
be on the legal framework and procedures for judicial appointment, the
implementation of those procedures and the transparency of the process.
The two institutions jointly
mentioned that transparency is a vital component of any judicial appointment
process and therefore Parliament should ensure that all stages of the process
are as transparent as possible. It is through a transparent process that public
confidence in the judiciary can be built.