Catalogue of arbitration cases from 112 arbitration courts of the Russian Federation at http://kad.arbitr.ru

06.04.2010

Legal Update No. 134

Goltsblat BLP advises that the Supreme Arbitration Court of the Russian Federation has launched a full new information resource − Catalogue of arbitration cases at http://kad.arbitr.ru.

The Library includes information about all cases considered by the 112 arbitration courts of the Russian Federation. It provides users with information about both closed court cases and ones in progress. Here one can find court rulings and calendars of court sittings for cases of interest. In addition, the user can register and subscribe to bulletins on a particular case, so that the system automatically gives notification of the progress of the given case.

It should be remembered that the Catalogue is not always updated promptly, so it is recommended to check the latest information against that on the individual court website or by ringing the relevant specialist.

The site is one way of ensuring transparency of the court system, which deserves special attention by the parties to the information disclosed on it during the court proceedings.  When included in court rulings, such information automatically becomes public knowledge so, if there is an interest in keeping any information confidential, an application should be filed with the court for the hearings to be held in camera in accordance with article 11 of the Administrative Procedural Code of the Russian Federation.  The court is required to satisfy such an application if the applicant can prove that the information, first, constitutes a commercial secret as defined by the legislation and, second, is of significance for correct consideration of the case.

During a hearing held in camera, information constituting a commercial secret is excluded from the court acts subject to publication on the basis of clause 4, article 15 of Federal Law of 22 December 2008 No. 262-FZ “On provision of access to information on the activities of courts in the Russian Federation”, which comes into effect on 1 July 2010.

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