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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Supreme Court Judge Offers Advice to Zambia

Supreme Court chief justice Vyacheslav Lebedev has offered tips to Zambia on how to improve its judicial system during a visit to the southern African country.

Lebedev, who arrived in Lusaka for a four-day official visit on Monday, told reporters that courts should consider lawsuits in a timely manner and make honest decisions in line with international law.

“Today, norms of international law and international agreements are of great importance because the basis for international and internal policies is the law. This concerns the economy and social protection,” Lebedev said, the Zambia Daily Mail newspaper reported Tuesday.

Lebedev was visiting Zambia's capital to share Russian judicial expertise after Zambia's top judge, Ernest Sakala, visited Russia in July.

Russia's court system has come under fire for corruption and a lack of independence. President Dmitry Medvedev has condemned "legal nihilism" and made judicial reform a priority of his presidency.

Lebedev said Russia's and Zambia's court systems could learn from each other, but they have one common goal: “This is to ensure justice for all, and our task is to ensure [the] implementation and realization of these principles,” he said, according to the Zambia Daily Mail.