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BRICS Chief Justices discuss measures to support individuals and businesses

On 8 September, the BRICS Chief Justices Forum took place via videoconference.

Mr Vyacheslav Lebedev, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of of the Russian Federation Mr Jose Antonio Dias Toffoli, Chief Justice and President of the Federal Supreme Court of the Federative Republic of Brazil, Sharad Arvind Bobde, Chief Justice of the Republic of India, Mr Zhou Qiang, Chief Justice, President of the Supreme People’s Court of the People’s Republic of China and Ms Sisi Khampepe, Justice of the Constitutional Court of the Republic of South Africa, among others, took part in the Forum.

“BRICS Chief Justices Forum promotes mutual understanding in administration of justice, building trust and cooperation, and enriching legal systems,” said Mr Vyacheslav Lebedev in his welcoming remarks, “Interaction between Supreme Courts is becoming increasingly important in the face of new global challenges, including those related to the pandemic, which has impacted the judicial systems of our respective countries. Holding this Forum is possible because of the latest technologies that allow us to work remotely amidst a challenging sanitary and epidemiological situation.”

The Meeting participants exchanged views on important issues of improving justice in the national jurisdictions. The experts discussed the protection of interests of economic actors through measures of administrative judicial procedure. Special attention was paid to consumer rights protection in the current economic environment caused by the global pandemic of the novel coronavirus infection.

Following the meeting, a Joint Statement was adopted, which reflects the priority of the development and the wide use of the latest digital technologies in courts to provide adequate and timely judicial protection of individual rights.