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4128 candidates participating in additional recruitment of judges of local courts are taking the language skills test and a test on the knowledge of laws. The results will be made public on 01 November.

Next step – psychological testing of the candidates. The tests have been designed with assistance from the EU Project “Support to Justice Sector Reforms in Ukraine”.

This is the first additional recruitment over the last years (and the fourth since Ukraine has gained the independence). 600 selected candidates will participate in a bid for the positions of judges in local courts.

“The purpose of the tests is to provide more relevant and sufficient data and expert opinions on highly technical and complex questions of management of human resources, thereby limiting a chance of arbitrary or inappropriate conclusions in important judicial career matters on the part of decision-makers, namely the High Qualification Commission of Judges,” – says Dovydas Vitkauskas, Team Leader of the EU Project “Support to Justice Sector Reforms in Ukraine”.

Launched for the first time earlier this year within the context of selection for the new Supreme Court justices, the psychological testing process is unique in its scope and extent by Ukrainian or European standards. Various general (IQ), mental, moral, social and communicational skills and competences will be tested by way of written tests and interviews.