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LENGTHS OF PROCEEDINGS: FROM IMPERATIVE LAW TO AN ACTIVE JUDGE?

LENGTHS OF PROCEEDINGS:
FROM IMPERATIVE LAW TO AN ACTIVE JUDGE?

M.A. FILATOVA,
Candidate of Legal Sciences,
Senior Lecturer of the Department of Public Law Disciplines
of National Research University Higher School of Economics

DOI: 10.24031/2226-0781-2019-9-5-42-60

The length of the trial is not only an essential parameter of its effectiveness, but also a guarantee
of the access to justice. The concept of a reasonable time frame for legal proceedings reflects
the balance of quality and litigation terms. In modern comparative legal doctrine, the optimal
duration of legal proceedings is associated with the active role of the court and the ratio of
the powers of the court and the activity of the parties to manage the movement of the case.
An important role is played by the distribution of liability between the court and the parties
for the outcome of the trial. There is a trend towards differentiating the terms of the case in
Russian legislation, however, Russia remains one of the few countries where these terms are
regulated clearly in the law itself. The article analyzes various examples of strengthening the
activity of the court in order to optimize the balance of the length and quality of the trial,
including in Austrian law under the influence of the ideas of Franz Klein. The author comes
to the conclusion that expanding the powers of a judge to regulate the time limits for carrying
out procedural actions and considering the case as a whole has great potential for increasing
the effectiveness of Russian legal proceedings in general.

Keywords: trial within a reasonable time; activity of judge; shared responsibility of the
court and the parties; procedural terms; Franz Klein ideas.

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Information about the author

Filatova M.A. (Moscow, Russia) – Candidate of Legal Sciences, Senior Lecturer
of the Department of Public Law Disciplines of National Research University Higher
School of Economics (3 Bolshoy Tryokhsvyatitelsky Lane, Moscow, 123022, Russia;
e-mail: filama.gm@gmail.com).

Recommended citation

Filatova M.A. Lengths of Proceedings: From Imperative Law to an Active Judge? Herald
of Civil Procedure, 2019, vol. 9, no. 5, p. 42–60. (In Russian) https://doi.org/10.24031/2226-
0781-2019-9-5-42-60

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