Donetsk, Sep 21 - DAN. DPR Arbitration Court reviewed nearly 680 cases in the first eight months of 2017, DPR Supreme Court deputy chairwoman, head of the Chamber for Arbitration Cases Natalia Mogutova told a news briefing at Donetsk News Agency on Thursday.

“The court accepted 1,034 cases for review in the period from 1 January through 1 September; of those, 898 were filed this year,” Mogutova said adding that 677 cases had been heard over the designated period.

The Court passed rulings in 536 cases, proceedings were dropped in another 99 cases while in 42 cases the Court declined to consider the claim. Proceedings were suspended in 33 of the 357 cases which are yet to be considered.

The deputy chairwoman said a majority of cases concerned land lease debt recovery, legal entities’ contract terms disputes and declarations of title.

“Compared with the previous year, the number of cases accepted and reviewed by the DPR Arbitration Court and the Chamber for Arbitration Cases has increased considerably,” the judge said. “It shows that the Republic’s economy has been developing dynamically and that its judicial system is gaining momentum with increasing prestige of DPR judicial authorities.”

Currently, justice at DPR Arbitration Court and the Chamber for Arbitration Cases is administered by three and four judges, respectively.

DPR began to establish its judicial system in autumn 2014 by setting up courts of original jurisdiction and an arbitration court. They began to function in accordance with the Council of Ministers resolution dated 22 October 2014. The first 44 judges were appointed by DPR head Alexander Zakharchenko’s decrees No 2 and 3 of 9 January 2015.*jk