Uzbek Ministry of Justice receives additional tasks

22.05.2020

A Decree of the President on measures to further improve the activities of justice bodies and institutions in the implementation of state legal policy has been adopted.

The decree entrusted the Ministry of Justice with a number of additional tasks and functions.

In particular, the ministry is launching a “virtual justice” system through the widespread introduction of digital technologies in the activities of justice bodies and institutions and the digitalization of public services.

The decree approved the Concept for the development of justice bodies and institutions in 2020–2024 and the Roadmap for the implementation of the Concept in 2020–2021.

Also, the Decree approved the Target Indicators (indicators) of the development of justice bodies and institutions in 2020–2024.

By the end of 2020, the Ministry will ensure achievement, including the following target parameters (indicators):

- bringing the share of draft laws of direct action to 20 percent of the total number of draft laws developed by the Ministry;

- making a proposal to transfer at least 10 functions of ministries and departments to the private sector with a functional analysis of the public administration system;

- study of the activities of 8 ministries and departments formed (transformed) in 2018–2019;

- bringing to 12 percent of the share of public services provided in electronic form;

- an increase of 15 units in the number of new services provided to the population by the centers of public services;

- bringing up to 95 percent the share of state notaries, converted into the form of private notaries;

- ensuring the conduct of an in-depth analysis of the rules of responsibility and sanctions established by 29 by-laws, and their introduction into the relevant laws.

According to the Decree, the Ministry of Justice is determined by the authorized body to monitor the effectiveness and efficiency of ongoing administrative reforms, functional analysis of the full and high-quality implementation of powers and functions by ministries and departments, as well as to achieve established goals in this area.

Henceforth, the Ministry of Justice will consider new initiatives developed by ministries and departments as part of administrative reforms, and issue conclusions on them that are binding on them.

According to the Decree, from 1 July 2020:

- it is forbidden to regulate issues within the powers of economic management bodies and corporate relations through the adoption of by-laws or through administrative methods;

- legal norms that determine the liability of individuals and legal entities are established only by laws;

- it is not allowed to include in the departmental regulatory legal acts legal norms that establish additional payments and fees for individuals and legal entities, providing for excessive administrative and other restrictions that lead to the formation of unreasonable costs for them that are permissive;

- it is not allowed to include legal norms in normative acts in the field of technical regulation;

- normative acts in the field of technical regulation are subject to mandatory legal expertise at the Ministry, and are also registered and take effect after receiving a positive opinion.

In accordance with the Decree, from 1 July 2020, a “package” principle is introduced, providing for the introduction of conceptually new mechanisms in the preparation of draft regulatory legal acts, in accordance with which:

- when developing a new draft law, reference norms aimed at its implementation are developed and enter into force simultaneously with the new law or within the time period established by law;

- if the provisions established by the new draft law require appropriate amendments to previously adopted laws, then amendments to previously adopted laws are carried out simultaneously with the adoption of the new law;

- ministries and departments make changes and additions to the departmental normative legal acts adopted by them on the same issue in one act;

The Ministry of Justice is given the right to amend the acts available in the State Register of departmental regulatory legal acts, while they must be on the same issue and of a technical nature.

Reported by the Uzbekistan Daily.