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Candidate of Legal Sciences, Associate Professor,
Head of the Department of Civil Procedure and Labor Law
of the Southern Federal University

DOI: 10.24031/2226-0781-2019-9-4-113-123

The article discusses the grounds, goals and some results of the reform of procedural legislation
under the Federal Law of 28 November 2018 No. 451-FZ. The author identifies the main
factors that determine the nature of changes, defines the problems of applying new norms, and
assesses their possible impact on civil procedure and the development of the judicial system. The
ongoing changes in procedural legislation are aimed at rejecting a number of basic procedural
institutions, which makes possible to call this process revolutionary. The changes were not
accepted by scholars and practitioners, but the discussion of the professional community and
the legislator did not bring significant results. The goal of the reform, pursued by the initiators
of the “revolution” is simplification, speeding up the procedure and it has been established, but
the means and the order of achieving it, according to the author, are not so straightforward.
It seems that Federal Law No. 451 represents only a compromise stage of major changes in
procedural legislation, and the end of the procedural revolution is not close yet.

Keywords: jurisdiction; disclosure of evidence; time limits for consideration of cases; courts
of appeal; cassation courts.


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Information about the author

Smagina E.S. (Rostov-on-Don, Russia) – Candidate of Legal Sciences, Associate
Professor, Head of the Department of Civil Procedure and Labor Law of the Southern
Federal University (88 M. Gorky St., Rostov-on-Don, 344007, Russia; e-mail: esmagina@

Recommended citation

Smagina E.S. Is the “Procedural Revolution” Completed? Herald of Civil Procedure, 2019,
vol. 9, no. 4, p. 113–123. (In Russian). https://doi.org/10.24031/2226-0781-2019-9-4-113-123

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