Round table was held on the draft Code of Administrative Offences of the Republic of Uzbekistan, developed by the Research Institute for Legal Policy under the Ministry of Justice.

Representatives of the Ministry of Justice, the Supreme Court, the State Security Service, the Prosecutor General’s Office, the Ministry of Internal Affairs, and other ministries and agencies of the Republic of Uzbekistan, as well as experts from Tashkent State University of Law, German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ) and the US Agency for International Development (USAID) have participated in the round table.

The draft Code has been developed within the framework of paragraph 44 of the State Program on Implementation of the Strategy of Actions on the five priority directions of development of the Republic of Uzbekistan for 2017-2021 in the “Year of Proactive Investments and Social Development”. By the adoption of this draft, the current Code of Administrative Responsibility will loose its legal force.

The newly developed draft Code includes the following tasks defined in the State Program:

improvement of procedural order of case consideration;

optimization of the rights and obligations of the participants of the proceedings;

widespread introduction of modern information and communication technologies into the proceeding system of administrative offenses (electronic protocols, electronic administrative case, etc.);

introducing procedures to terminate, on the victim’s complaint, cases involving administrative offenses;

liberalization of the system of administrative sanctions;

introduction of differential procedures to encourage voluntary payment of fines;

optimization of the category of bodies and officials authorized to bring the person responsible to administrative liability.

In addition, the draft proposes several conceptual amendments that include:

clarifying and expanding the list of general legal and special principles in the draft Code of Administrative Offenses;

introduction of liability of legal entities for administrative offenses;

alignment of the Code of Administrative Offenses with the Law on Administrative Procedures;

exemption from administrative liability and administrative penalty.

During the round table there was a serious discussion on the issues of the alignment of the Code of Administrative Offenses with the Law on Administrative Procedures, the liability of legal entities and the amount of fines.

The draft Code of Administrative Offenses of the Republic of Uzbekistan will be improved on the proposals of experts and submitted for further public discussion.