YEREVAN (Itar-Tass)–Armenia has formed courts of appeal and first instance courts in the course of its ongoing efforts to reform the judicial system. Presidential decrees nominating chairmen and judges of three courts of appeal for civil–criminal–military and economics cases were published in Yerevan Friday.
Judges of first instance courts of Yerevan communities and other regions also were appointed.
The creation of new judicial bodies began in July with the nomination of members of the Armenian Court of Appeals and the abolition of the Supreme Court.
Marat Katvalyan–59–was appointed the Chairman of the Court of Appeals for civil cases. He was the Court Chairman in the Myasnikyansky district of Yerevan. Katvalyan is also a member of the Justice Council under the Armenian president.
Razmik Azaryan–43–was named the Chairman of the Court of Appeals for criminal and military cases. He was a judge in the Myasnikaynsky district of Yerevan.
The Court of Appeals for economic cases will replace the State Court of Arbitration. It is now headed by Ovanes Manukyan–28–who was a staffer of the Armenian parliament and Deputy Justice Minister.
Five judges of the Court of Appeal for Civil cases are women. One female judge was appointed to the Court of Appeals for criminal and military cases and two female judges were assigned to the Court of Appeals for economic cases–while two women chair first instance courts of Armenia.