Uzbekistan plans to simplify legal proceedings on minor economic issues


The Supreme Court has developed a draft amendment to the Economic Procedural Code (EPC), by which it is planned to simplify the consideration of small economic cases by the court.

According to the project, in a simplified procedure, they propose to consider claims price of which in respect of legal entities does not exceed 20 minimum wages, and in respect of individual entrepreneurs - five minimum salaries. The mechanism will not apply to cases of corporate disputes and cases of the application of measures of legal influence.

It is planned to include in the EPC a new chapter regulating simplified proceedings in economic matters. Cases will be considered by the judge alone without summoning the parties on the basis of the documents and evidence submitted by them. The defendant will be given 10 days from the date of receipt of a copy of the claim to send his opinion to the court.

Consideration will be accelerated to 20 days from the date of the determination, instead of 1 month. It can be renewed only in case the person in question is a foreign person.

In order to take advantage of this opportunity, the claimant will have to hand in the lawsuit and the documents attached to it to the respondent, as well as draw up a petition for consideration of the case in a simplified procedure.

Decisions on such cases will have to be executed immediately on a voluntary basis, otherwise a writ of execution will be issued, followed by a compulsory penalty. Appeals against decisions made in summary proceedings will be made within 10 days and will be considered within 15 days from the date of admission to the court.

Reported by Podrobno (Uzbekistan).