On November 28, 2018, the president of the Russian Federation signed into law a procedural legislation reform. Federal Law No. 451-FZ amended the Arbitration Procedural Code of the Russian Federation, the Civil Procedural Code of the Russian Federation,
the Administrative Jurisdiction Procedural Code of the Russian Federation, and other legislative acts.
Among the most important and significant changes are the following:
A new requirement is enacted for persons who represent parties in civil and arbitration cases on the basis of a power of attorney. The representative will be required to have a higher legal education or a degree in law. At the same time, this requirement
will not apply to patent and trademark attorneys who deal in IP disputes.
In civil and arbitration cases, an enforcement order will only be issued at a party’s request unless the enforcement order relates to collecting money for the state or municipal budget.
Courts of the general jurisdiction system shall be amended: structurally separate appeal and cassation courts will be established in each region.
The Law will come into force from the date of the new appeal and cassation courts’ inception of the activity, but no later than October 1, 2019.