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Law Seeks Efficient, Impartial Constitutional Court

Russia's new Constitutional Court will split into two halves to handle more cases when it begins to work, according to draft legislation sent to parliament for approval this week. ""This will speed up the decision process, especially citizen appeals to the court,"" the acting chairman, Nikolai Vitruk, said after a press conference Wednesday. Russia's new constitution expands the number of judges on the court to 19 from 13 under the previous system, with the six new members to be appointed by President Boris Yeltsin by the end of March and then approved by the upper house of parliament. The exact workings of the court remain to be defined, however, and on Tuesday the court sent an 80-page, 125-article draft law to both houses of parliament to establish their future charter. The salient change in the draft is that it would create two courts of nine and 10 judges, each empowered to issue decisions for the court as a whole, although there would also be provision for reviewing a case at a full sitting.

Yeltsin Decrees To Air Every Monday Night

President Boris Yeltsin's spokesmen will appear on Channel One of the Russian state television on prime time every Monday to popularize his decrees, presidential and television officials said Wednesday. The state-owned television company Ostankino broadcast the first such program Monday night, a 15-minute presentation by Sergei Filatov, the head of presidential administration, who explained the meaning of Yeltsin's decrees released last week. The program will be broadcast every Monday between 7 P.M. and 8 P.M. and will provide comments on every decree of general significance, said Alexander Moshkin, a director for the studio, Publicist, which is organizing the broadcast. Robert Tsivilyov, an aide to Filatov, said Yeltsin issues an average of 10 decrees a week and Filatov or other officials will comment on all, except those concerning security which are classified.

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