23 November 2017

Challenges, achievements and prospects of the Justice Sector Reforms in Ukraine to be discussed by legal professionals and experts

What are the main achievements in the process of Justice Sector Reforms? How the EU is supporting the full reset of Ukrainian judiciary system? These issues will be discussed on 23 November at the conference that will host top representatives of the Ukrainian judiciary and justice system, as well as the experts from the EU Member States. The conference will provide more practical impact and…
08 November 2017

Round table “Competition in the Intellectual Property High Court”

The Ukrainian Bar Association (UBA) in a partnership with the EU Project “Support to Justice Sector Reforms in Ukraine” and the High Qualification Commission of Judges of Ukraine (HQCJ) will hold a round table to discuss the issues of selection of the candidates for vacant positions of judges in the Intellectual Property High Court. The participants will include representatives of HQCJ, the…
31 October 2017

The International Conference “Private Enforcement Officers’ Self-Governance: European Practices to Set Up Ukrainian System”

The Ministry of Justice of Ukraine together with the USAID New Justice Program, OSCE Project Coordinator in Ukraine, the European Union Project “Support to Justice Reform in Ukraine”, the Commercial Law Center, the German Foundation for International Legal Cooperation (IRZ), and the International Development Law Organization will hold the international conference “Private Enforcement…
31 July 2017

Roundtables on the Enforcement System Reform and Private Enforcement Officers Activities will be Held in Odesa and Kharkiv

The European Union project “Support to Justice Sector Reforms in Ukraine”, together with the Ukrainian Bar Association and the Ministry of Justice of Ukraine invite to take part in the round tables devoted to the discussion of the enforcement system reform issues for the enforcement of judgments and PEOs activities. Within the framework of the event, the following two blocks will be…
05 July 2017

First PEOs will receive their licences on the 7th of July

This Friday, July 7, the solemn awarding with the licences of private enforcement officers will take place for those who have successfully passed the qualification exam. Beginning at 10 a.m. at: Kiyv, 73, Sichovyh Striltsiv St, second floor, “marble hall” More…
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EU Project and State Penitentiary Service of Ukraine discussed cooperation prospects

On 23 December the experts of the EU Project “Support to Justice Sector Reforms in Ukraine” Michel Gerber and Iryna Zharonkina held a working meeting with the officials of the State Penitentiary Service of Ukraine.

The purpose of the meeting was to discuss cooperation prospects between the EU and State Penitentiary Service of Ukraine. The discussed initiatives included formation of the probation service, improvement of professional level of the penitentiary service staff, public relation activities to improve the image of the penitentiary service.

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Michel Gerber informed the Ukrainian officials about ongoing activities under the EU Project “Support to Justice Sector Reforms in Ukraine”. He noted that the project experts had contributed to elaboration of the wider Justice Sector Reform Strategy that envisaged systemic approach to the criminal justice sector reform.

EU Project encourages Ukrainian advocates to raise their voices in the process of criminal justice reform

On December 17, Component Four of the Project, “Improving Access to Justice and the Right to Defence”, participated in the Fourth Annual Winter Forum of the Association of Advocates of Ukraine regarding Criminal Justice and Proceedings.

The purpose of the event was to exchange experience, discuss problems associated with defence during criminal proceedings, and to increase the professional skills of advocates.

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Project Expert Mark Segal informed participants about the results of work under the advocacy component of the EU Project “Support to Justice Sector Reforms in Ukraine”. He noted that the Project Team is developing the Strategic Action Plan for Advocates, in cooperation with Ukrainian partners, and the document will be made available to all interested parties.

“The Project is working together with the mass media, NGOs, think-tanks, governmental authorities, and international donor organizations. We want to raise public awareness of the position of advocates regarding the justice sector reforms,” – said Mark Segal.

Project Expert Oksana Tsymbrivska, , told about the absence of a consolidated position on the issues of reforms among Ukrainian advocates. To fill in the gap, the Project organized a number of the events in the format of round tables, and initiated the survey on the opinions and positions of advocates who practice in the field of criminal law and procedure.

Speaking about the Action Plan for Reform of the Handling of penal cases, Oksana Tsymbrivska noted that the document would include of five main issues:

  • impartiality and accountability of the judiciary in criminal proceedings;
  • right of defence in the criminal proceedings;
  • criminal procedural legislation reform and its implementation;
  • protection of the status and work of advocates;
  • transparency, access to information, and access to court hearings

Mark Segal concluded by calling upon the advocates to work together to advance their common interests. “We encourage you to work with our Project and other professional associations to establish a greater  balance between the prosecution and the defence in criminal cases,” – he said.

EU Project “Support to justice sector reforms in Ukraine” promotes dialogue between the parties to the criminal proceedings

In early October 2014 the EU Project “Support to Justice Sector Reforms in Ukraine” supported the initiative of the NGO “Protection of Human Rights” on organising regular round tables to discuss issues related to the application of provisions of the Criminal Procedure Code of Ukraine. The key objective of the initiative is to build up common understanding of criminal procedure by judges, prosecutors and advocates.

The idea to create a discussion space for the parties to criminal proceedings appeared in July, 2014. The first round table took place at the office of the EU Project “Support to Justice Sector Reforms in Ukraine” a few months later. Sitting around one table, the parties discussed the problems, collisions and conflicts arising when applying specific provisions of the Criminal Procedure Code.

To-date six round tables were held in Kiev and one in Ivano-Frankivsk. Alongside advocates, judges, prosecutors and investigators, the representatives of the Council of Europe Office in Ukraine, the Presidential Administration and of the Ukrainian Parliamentary Commissioner for Human Rights participated in discussions.

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The manual Pretrial proceedings: extended detention on demand was printed basing on the results of the first round table. It covers the most frequent errors committed when ruling a decision and recommendations on how to eliminate them.

The round tables on October 30 and on November 6, 2014 supported the proposal on amending the Law of Ukraine “On the Bar and Advocacy” as for access to state registers and responding to advocates’ requests.

The participants to the round tables agreed that detected problems could not be solved only by amending the legislation. A longer training program is required, as well as understanding and respecting the norms of ethical conduct by all the parties to criminal proceeding.

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Due to the professional discussions, propositions on reforms of criminal justice have also been elaborated. According to Anna Kolesnyk, head of the NGO “Protection of Human Rights”, this initiative is unique because shared discussion between the representatives of the judiciary, the prosecution and the bar, together with the legal experts, helps to detect the problems of different interpretation of the law. “The round tables have proved that the parties to the proceeding are ready to communicate openly, to change their opinions and practices, but they need support and understanding, says Anna Kolesnyk.

“It is extremely important for judges, prosecutors, lawyers, and investigators to get together and frankly discuss how to improve the handling of criminal cases,” – said Mr. Mark Segal, Key Expert of the EU funded project “Support to Justice Sector Reforms in Ukraine”, Component 4 “Access to Justice and Rights to Defence” , – “The legal framework is changing, the rights of the people are being acknowledged in new ways, and implementing reforms and making changes in practice requires new modes of communication and cooperation”.

Priority Areas of Criminal Justice Reform in Ukraine: the Vision of Advocates

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French experts will develop recommendations for new enforcement system model

Last week the EU Project “Support to Justice Sector Reforms in Ukraine” hosted the group of experts who visited Ukraine to provide strategic advice to local policy-makers on an appropriate enforcement system model by reference to best practices of the EU member states as well as other countries.

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The group included Patrick SAFAR, Vice President of the National Chamber of Judicial Officers of France, and Lionel DECOTTE of National Chamber of Bailiffs, France. French experts had meetings with officials of the Administration of President of Ukraine, Ministry of Justice, State Enforcement Service and representatives of professional legal associations.

Furthure to the visit, the recommendations on the enforcement system reform model will be presented.