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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 supports prosecution reform strategy development process

On 25-26 April, the workshop “Roadmap for the reforms of the public prosecutor’s office: transitional initiatives and a long-term perspective” was held in Kyiv.

The EU Project “Support to Justice Sector Reforms in Ukraine” has co-organized this event in cooperation with the Council of Europe Project “Support to Criminal Justice Reform in Ukraine” funded by the Government of Denmark, and the General Prosecutor’s Office of Ukraine. Representatives of the GPO, as well as the Ukrainian and European experts participated in the event.


“Together with our colleagues from the private sector and international organizations, we will present our vision on optimization of the prosecution, bringing it to modern standards. We have to use this opportunity to develop an action plan for the public prosecution reforms,”

– said David Sakvarelidze, First Deputy General Prosecutor of Ukraine, at the opening session of the workshop.

The workshop aimed to discuss reform of the human resources policy at the public prosecution system. In particular, the speakers focused on the issues of performance evaluation system, ethics and discipline, as well as increase of public trust in the prosecution. The participants also discussed new mechanisms of independence and accountability of prosecutors and optimization of investigation.


High Qualification Commission of Judges of Ukraine and international experts discuss the methods of Judicial Performance Evaluation

On 24 April, the High Qualification Commission of Judges of Ukraine with the support of US Agency for International Development FAIR Justice Project, OSCE/ODIHR  and EU Project “Support to Justice Sector Reform in Ukraine”, organised the workshop “Judicial Performance Evaluation”.

The event was organised in connection with legislative amendments to the Law of Ukraine “On the Judiciary and the Status of Judges” introducing qualification evaluation of judges. HQC is entitled to organise such evaluation according to the procedure agreed with the Council of Judges of Ukraine and to the criteria defined by law. Respect of recognized standards of judicial independence is an important part of such work.


Members and staff of the High Qualification Commission of Judges of Ukraine, High Council of Justice, Council of Judges of Ukraine, representatives of the National School of Judges, judicial corps, and researchers participated in the event. The experts from the Netherlands, Lithuania, Germany, Serbia, Moldova and Australia, with the relevant experience in judicial performance evaluation were invited to the workshop. The representatives of the donors, supporting judicial evaluation procedure and disciplinary practice in Ukraine, were present as well.

“After having adopted the new version of the Law “On the Judiciary and the Status of Judges”, the Commission has faced the mission to implement a unified, transparent and standardized judicial evaluation procedure in Ukraine. This workshop aims to organise a forum for presentation of the international practices, consideration of the mistakes of other countries and discussion of the optimal ways to introduce the judicial performance evaluation system in Ukraine,” – said David Vaughn, Chief of the Party, USAID FAIR Justice Project.

The participants of the event discussed the principles, criteria, forms and methods of judicial performance evaluation introduced and applied in many countries.

“The donors’ community will assist the High Qualification Commission of Judges of Ukraine with development of qualification evaluation criteria in compliance with the international standards. The task of the Commission is to complete the evaluation in such a manner that judges would not be demeaned, that our decisions would be clear for everybody. The evaluation procedure will be transparent and presented long before the evaluation starts,” – said Serhii Koziakov, Head of the High Qualification Commission of Judges of Ukraine.

The workshop will result in drafting recommendations to the High Qualification Commission of Judges of Ukraine on the implementation of a stable mechanism and procedural rules of judicial performance evaluation in Ukraine that will take into account the best practices and will comply with international standards.

“EU Project “Support to Justice Sector Reforms in Ukraine has stood at the origins of implementation of the judicial performance evaluation mechanisms. In that way, the Ukrainian Judiciary Development Strategy 2015-2020, drafted with assistance of the Project and approved by the Council of Justice, envisages development of the judicial performance evaluation as a mechanism for increasing efficiency of judges’ performance. First legislative consolidation of this mechanism in the Law “On fair trial” is a logical step in this direction,” – said Virgilijus Valancius, Team Leader of EU Project “Support to Justice Sector Reforms in Ukraine”.


Workshop on Judicial Performance Evaluation

Date: 24 April, 2015

Place: Radisson Blue Hotel (22, Yaroslaviv Val Str., Kyiv)




EU Project “Support to Justice Sector Reforms in Ukraine”


  • Provide a forum to share and discuss international and European lessons learned and good practices regarding judicial performance evaluation, focusing on standards, criteria, and methods;
  • Discuss challenges and possible risks associated with judicial performance evaluation, including the case law of the European Court of Human Rights; and
  • Develop recommendations for the High Qualifications Commission of Judges on developing a sound framework and procedures for judicial performance evaluation in line with international and European standards.

The EU Project reported on the outcomes for the last semester and shared its plans for the future

The second meeting of the Steering Committee within the framework of the EU Project “Support to the Justice Sector Reform in Ukraine” took place at the Ministry of Justice of Ukraine.  The meeting focused on summarizing the project outcomes for the period from October 2014 to March 2015.

Anton Yanchuk, Deputy Minister of Justice of Ukraine, highly appreciated the EU Project activities and told that Ukrainian stakeholders were already witnessing positive results of its implementation. He thanked the Project experts for their flexibility, enthusiasm and high performance. “In the last six months we already managed to achieve some favourable results in financing, reforming of the probation system and enforcement system.  We expect to cooperate on such matters as the court judgments enforcement and the Ministry of Justice functions reform,– Anton Yanchuk told. The Deputy Minister of Justice of Ukraine also emphasized the EU Project role in Ukraine’s fulfilment of its international obligations, in particular, to the World Bank. According to Mr. Yanchuk, the EU Project “Support to the Justice Sector Reform in Ukraine” actively helps to ensure synergy of many projects being implemented in the justice sector reform field with the international donor support.


According to Ian Tombinski, Head of the EU Delegation to Ukraine, the Project “Support to the Justice Sector Reform in Ukraine” assists with implementing the comprehensive reform of the justice sector. He noted that the Project experts have been actively cooperating with the Council on Judicial Reform under the President of Ukraine on developing the Ukrainian Justice Sector Reform Strategy 2015-2020 and looked forward for the President of Ukraine to sign the Decree on the Strategy implementation. Ambassador Tombinski also called upon the Ministry of Justice of Ukraine to create the Strategy implementation monitoring mechanism. “It is important to restore the trust in the judiciary as a key component for the democracy, as well as protect the rights of the ordinary people. This is crucial for confidence and stability. Fine-tuned and public mechanism of the justice sector reform implementation monitoring is also extremely important.  This is a common process in a democratic society demonstrating the ordinary citizens what exactly was done and when, as well as the reasons for any omissions,” – stressed Ian Tombinski. 

Virgilijus Valancius, Team Leader of the EU Project “Support to the Justice Sector Reform in Ukraine”, summarized the most significant results by the six key components of the Project. He thanked the Ministry of Justice of Ukraine, the Presidential Administration of Ukraine, other key justice sector counterparts, as well as international donor organizations representatives for their contributions.

Cooperation with the Ministry of Justice of Ukraine, the principal beneficiary of the Project, is a matter of principal inmortance for the future activities . The role of the Ministry of Justice will be enhanced when the Action Plan within the framework of the Ukrainian Justice Sector Reform Strategy 2015-2020 is approved by the Government,.  

According to the work plan of the EU Project “Support to the Justice Sector Reform in Ukraine” for the period from April to September 2015, the following key activity lines of the Project were defined:

  • Support to the Ministry of Justice of Ukraine in analysing its role, improving its budget mechanisms, as well as assistance in the monitoring of the Action Plan implementation within the framework of the Ukrainian Justice Sector Reform Strategy 2015-2020.
  • Support of the court judgments enforcement system and the State Penitentiary Service reform.
  • Support in modernization system of public prosecution.
  • Approval and implementation of the Declaration on protection of human rights in the criminal cases.
  • Support to implementation of the Ukrainian Judiciary Reform Strategy 2015-2020.
  • Assistance in the institutional capacity building to the National Anti-Corruption Bureau and the National Agency for Prevention of Corruption.    

The next session of the Steering Committee is scheduled for November 2015.


Approximation of judicial practice to European standards discussed at the Kyiv District Court of Odesa

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