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Candidate of Legal Sciences, Associate Professor,
Department of Law, Psychology and Pedagogy, Ulyanovsk Agrarian University
named after P.A. Stolypin

DOI: 10.24031/2226-0781-2020-10-5-231-247

The article discusses some problems that have arisen in the field of civil and arbitration
proceedings generated by the threat of the spread of coronavirus infection in the territory
of the Russian Federation in late March – early May 2020. Subjects of civil procedural and
arbitration procedural relations were faced with insurmountable circumstances restricting
the right to access to justice. The situation is considered from the point of view of the
principle of judicial proceedings within a reasonable time, the principle of procedural
economy, legality. The category «cases of urgent nature» is analyzed, the correctness of
its use in judicial practice is questioned. The question is raised about the independence
of judges and their subordination only to the Constitution of the Russian Federation and
federal law as a guarantee of the right to an independent and fair trial. The threat of
the spread of coronavirus infection on the territory of the Russian Federation entailed
a violation of the rights and legitimate interests of persons participating in cases in civil
and arbitration proceedings. It was revealed that civil disputes (in the broad sense of the
word) at the end of March – beginning of May 2020 were left without proper attention from
the courts; the courts were unable to promptly respond to the current situation, effectively
carry out their functions, and provide large-scale remote access to justice.

Keywords: civil proceedings, arbitration proceedings, principles of civil procedure, access
to justice, limited access to justice, right to judicial protection, reasonable trial principle,
principle of procedural economy, principle of legality, independence of judges, pandemic,
distance justice.


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Information about the author

N.A. Artebyakina (Ulyanovsk, Russia) – Candidate of Legal Sciences, Associate
Professor, Department of Law, Psychology and Pedagogy, Ulyanovsk Agrarian University
named after P.A. Stolypin (1 New Wreath Blvd., Ulyanovsk, 432000, Russia; e-mail:

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Artebyakina N.A. …i pravosudie dlia vsekh […And Justice for All]. Vestnik grazhdanskogo
protsessa – Herald of Civil Procedure, 2020, vol. 10, no. 5, pp. 231–247. (In
Russ.) https://doi.org/10.24031/2226-0781-2020-10-5-231-247

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