Ordinance of Honor Ordinance, 1947

Resolution of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the CPSU (b) on the Courts of Honor in the ministries of the USSR and the central departments of March 28, 1947
1. To approve, with amendments, the draft resolution of the Council of Ministers of the USSR and the Central Committee of the CPSU (b) "On the Courts of Honor in the USSR ministries and central departments" (attached).

2. First of all, to organize the courts of honor in the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Commerce and the Ministry of Finance within two weeks.

3. In order to combat the cause of educating government officials in the spirit of Soviet patriotism and loyalty to the interests of the Soviet state and high consciousness of their state and public debt, Courts of Honor are being created in the USSR ministries and central departments to combat misconduct that drops the honor and dignity of the Soviet employee

4. The Courts of Honor are charged with the consideration of anti-patriotic, anti-state and anti-social acts and actions committed by the leading, operational and scientific workers of the USSR ministries and central departments, if these offenses and actions are not subject to criminal punishment.

5. The court of honor consists of 5−7 people. Members of the Court include employees of a ministry or department elected by secret ballot at a meeting of the leading, operational, and scientific workers of a ministry or department, as well as representatives of the party organization of the ministry or department and a representative of the Central Committee of the trade union.

6. The right to nominate candidates for members of the Court at a meeting of employees of the ministry and department is granted to both the party and trade union organizations, and participants in the meeting. The question of including honor in the list of candidates for members of the Court or withdrawing them from the list is decided by open voting. Candidates who receive an absolute majority of votes are considered to be elected. The Minister and the Head of Office is not part of the Court of Honor.

7. Members of the Court shall elect from among their members, by an open vote, the President of the Court of Honor.

8. Courts of honor are elected for a period of one year.

9. The decision to send the case to the Court of Honor belongs to either the minister or the head of the department, or a trade union organization, or the party organization of the ministry or the relevant department.

10. The consideration of cases in the Court of Honor must be preceded by a fact check conducted by members of the Court on behalf of the President. The President of the Court determines who should be called as a witness. The accused is presented with the results of the inspection and is given the right to ask the President of the Court to call new witnesses, to request documents and certificates.

11. Consideration of cases in the Court of Honor is usually made in open session. The examination of the case at the Court of Honor consists in the consideration of the materials collected in the case, hearing the explanations of the honor and witnesses brought to the Court and the examination of the evidence presented. When a case is being considered before the Court, the staff of a ministry or department who are present at a court meeting may act on the merits.

12. The decision of the Court of Honor is made by a simple majority of the members of the court. The decision indicates the essence of the offense and the punishment determined by the court.

13. The court of honor may decide: a) to declare a public censure to the accused; b) announce a public reprimand; c) to transfer the case to the investigating authorities for referral to the court in a criminal procedure.

14. A court’s employee’s honor is announced publicly. A copy of the judgment of honor is attached to the personal file of the employee.

15. The decision of the Court of Honor is not subject to appeal.

Chairman of the Council of Ministers of the USSR
I. Stalin
Secretary of the Central Committee of the CPSU (b)
A. Zhdanov.

RGASPI. F. 17. He. Z. D. 1064. L. 32.49−51.

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