EU Project experts create platform to discuss criminal justice reform
On 21 December 20015, the EU Project “Support to Justice Sector Reforms in Ukraine” presented the results of the all-Ukrainian survey “Criminal justice reform: view of investigators, prosecutors, lawyers and judges”.
The aim of the survey was to identify the problems related to interaction among all parties to the criminal process that would help to identify priority directions for reforming the criminal justice system, taking into account the opinion of investigators, prosecutors, lawyers and judges.
The survey has been conducted during 2015 in cooperation with the Kyiv International Institute of Sociology with the financial support of the EU Project. Around 5 000 police investigators, prosecutors, lawyers and judges were interviewed.
The presentation was followed by the discussion that involved representatives of the law enforcement bodies, the Prosecutor General’s Office, the bar, the judiciary, civil society and legal experts.
“This survey is an attempt to find mutual understanding among all justice sector stakeholders. It is impossible to make changes without consolidation of efforts. This is why the task of the project is to help investigators, prosecutors, lawyers and judges to join efforts in order to understand how they evaluate the roles of all parties in the adversarial process, and what they have in common,”- noted Virgilijus Valancius, Team Leader of the EU Project “Support to Justice Sector Reforms in Ukraine.
According to Bohdan Poshva, the Judge of the Supreme Court of Ukraine, the results of the survey enable the judges to identify the space for improvement of the judiciary, as well as to bring their qualification in compliance with the European standards.
Vitaly Kasko, Deputy Prosecutor General of Ukraine, stressed an importance of the fact that all justice sector stakeholders had an opportunity to participate in the survey. “It is valuable for the prosecutors as they can see how their performance is evaluated by judges, advocates and investigators”.
According to Denys Bugay, President of the Ukrainian Bar Association, presentation of the results of the survey gave rise to the criminal justice reform process and would contribute to strengthening the rule of law.
Oleksiy Kryukov, Head of Unit at the National Police of Ukraine, noted that the survey enabled the investigators to make their voices heard in the reform related debates.
In the coming year EU Project “Support to Justice Sector Reforms in Ukraine” intends to contribute to creation of platforms for discussion of the problem issues related to criminal justice reform with involvement of the representatives of the police, the prosecution, the bar and the judiciary.