Kazakhstan is considering an issue of establishing a chamber of private forensic experts

And it was announced today at International Scientific Practical Conference that is dedicated to improvement of judicial expertise in Kazakhstan by Mr Marat Beketayev Minister of Justice of Kazakhstan.

Participants discussed reaction for a competitive market of forensic services in Kazakhstan and also introduction of phased demonopolization model for forensic work.

Head of Ministry of Justice stressed out that our legal system development requires perfection of different institutions’ activities, including one of forensic expertise.

In the short term, it is planned to consider creation of a private forensic experts chamber in Kazakhstan, as well as to study practical issues of the forensic sphere.

Ongoing work on improving forensic examination institute in Kazakhstan is planned to be carried out step by step. The work is being done as a part of the “Strengthening Forensic Examination” joint project by KAZGUU University and the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Kazakhstan with support of the World Bank. The project involves international experts of educational and legal fields: Key Forensic Services Ltd (KFS), aleading forensic company, King’s College London (KCL), largest public research university, QPA strategies Ltd. and Astana Garant Consulting. The project is designed until 2018.

According to Mr. Zhanat Yeshmahambetov, deputy Minister of Justice of Kazakhstan, up to know all the services in the field of Forensic expertise are available at one place.

“İn 2016 we finished a procedure of all expert functions centralisation in the Ministry of Justice as one expert body. Today it is 29 types of forensic analysis on 55 expert fields that can be received within the Ministry. Currently we work on forensic activities improvement and plan to achieve a level of international standards. İt is necessary when our domestic judicial experts participate in foreign courts”, – said Mr. Yeshmahambetov.

Currently Kazakhstan has 100 private forensic experts do function and having a state license are able to provide expert services. These activities enable an alternative component of the forensic expert activity of state bodies.

The institute of private forensic experts will provide a competitive environment in the field, the ministry is sure

As Mr. Yeshmahambetov has informed, – “Development of an Institute of non-governmental system of judicial activity through creation a Forensic experts Chamber is provided for by the draft Law “On Forensic Expert activities ”, which is currently under consideration in the Parliament”.

In turn, as Mr. Beketaev has noted, an analysis of forensic activities which was conducted by foreign experts will serve as a basis for a new curriculum at KAZGUU University, the largest and leading law school in the country being a partner of the Project at the same time.

Within implementation of the Project it is planned to conduct research in areas of Development and piloting indicators of forensic expertise effectiveness; Modernization of legislative and institutional bases for forensic examination; Improving qualifications of expert personnel, while implementing the Project itself.