ONLY 15% OF KAZAKHSTANIS HAVE FULL TRUST IN COURTS - POLL
Astana. July 23. Interfax-Kazakhstan - More than half of Kazakhstanis are satisfied with the work of national courts, suggests a poll conducted by the public fund Transparency Kazakhstan.
"Clients of courts are generally satisfied with their work. The quality of the courts' work has been assessed as intermediate by 49% of the respondents, good by 35% and excellent by 3%," the fund said in a Monday press release.
The poll found that 63% of the population "rather trust" the courts and only 15% have full trust in them.
"For those 24.1% who rather distrust or fully distrust the courts the main motive for this attitude is their personal experience. 33% say they haven't been able to obtain a just decision from a court. 20% refer to the stereotype that Kazakhstani courts are dependent on authorities," the release said.
On average, the poll participants rated the level of corruption in Kazakhstani courts at 4.7 points out of 10. 14% expressed the opinion that there is no corruption in the courts; 33% said either they or their friends and relatives have had to pay a bribe in a court.
The general assessment of the courts is as follows: 58.9% of the respondents are satisfied with their work; 20.3% are rather not satisfied or not satisfied at all; 20.8% were undecided.
According to the poll participants, the main problems of Kazakhstani courts are long periods of proceedings (40%), the courts' dependence on the authorities (35%) and corruption (32%).
The poll was conducted between April 25 and May 25, 2012, and included 800 respondents.