Republic of Tatarstan court officials
visit San Francisco to examine American court system
By Julia Cheever
June 9, 2007
Five prominent court officials from a Russian republic are taking
a close-up look at the American court system through a week-long
visit to state and federal courts in San Francisco beginning today.
The delegation from the Republic of Tatarstan includes three
judges of the Supreme Court of Tatarstan and two high-ranking
Tatarstan, part of the Russian Federation, has a population of
3.7 million, including about 2 million ethnic Tatars, and is located
500 miles east of Moscow between the Volga and Kama rivers.
The visit is arranged through the Open World Leadership Center,
an independent agency established by Congress to bring leaders
from Russia and other Eurasian countries to the United States
to observe democratic institutions in action.
Chief Judge Mary Schroeder of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals
will act as the official host representing the federal and state
The delegation will visit the 9th Circuit, the U.S. District
Court and San Francisco Superior Court as well as administrative
operations at the Hall of Justice.
David Madden, a spokesman for the 9th Circuit, said the visitors
will go to the federal appeals court twice to observe appellate
hearings, meet with Schroeder and hear presentations on mediation,
press relations and judicial security.
At the U.S. District Court at the Federal Building, the Russians
will be told about federal jury trials, juror utilization and
aspects of criminal prosecutions.
Finally, at San Francisco Superior Court and the Hall of Justice,
the visiting judges and administrators will learn about court
operations, the state jury system, family violence prevention
programs and sentencing alternatives.
The visit ends on June 16.
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