YEREVAN, October 31. /ARKA/. Salaries of Armenian judges need to be revised upward, the head of the Judicial Department Karen Poladyan said on Wednesday during parliamentary hearings on the draft 2020 budget.
“To increase the judges’ work efficiency, it is necessary to raise their salaries. Moreover, there is a shortage of personnel in our courts as a judge has to consider too many cases. Sometimes they physically are unable to do so, which eventually affects their work efficiency,” he said.
Poladyan said in the first 9 months of 2019 Armenian courts issued as many rulings on civil cases as in the whole of 2018.
He said the proposal to increase the salaries of judges was not prompted by problems that arose in the leadership of the Supreme Judicial Council in May-June of the current year and not by the political situation in the country.
“We hope that the National Assembly will endorse this proposal,” he told reporters.
In an early June Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan said the budget had the necessary funds to increase the salaries of judges from the current 400 thousand drams to at least 2.5-3 million drams.
‘Courts are the remnants of the former corrupt authorities and people have no trust in the judiciary and therefore it lacks legitimacy,” Pashinyan told on May 20 in a televised cabinet meeting. “The time has come for a surgical intervention” with all judges to subjected to a thorough vetting during a “transitional” period,’ he said.
Pashinyan said he counts on the assistance of Armenia’s international partners in implementing the judiciary reform which he said is the “second and most important stage of the revolution.”