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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Reforms in Ukraine do not meet the expectations of the majority of population – Mark Segal

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Members of the Constitutional Commission: independence of judges will be strengthened

On 13 August, the presentation of the draft amendments to the Constitution of Ukraine regarding the Judiciary was held at the Ukrainian Crisis Media Center. It was presented by the members of the Working group dealing with the Judiciary issues within the Constitutional Commission of Ukraine.

According to Olexiy Filatov, Deputy Head of the Presidential Administration of Ukraine and Head of the Working group, Constitutional reform is a basis for reforming the justice system. He noted that Constitutional amendments had covered improvement of standards for judges, optimization of the judiciary and bringing the justice system in compliance with the European standards. “The main problem now is the independence of judges. Amendments to the Constitution of Ukraine are the important step to achieve it. The idea is to establish High Council of Justice – an independent body comprised of 21 member which will be responsible for appointing and dismissing judges,” – said Mr. Filatov.

Virgilijus Valančius, Team Leader of the EU Project “Support to Justice Sector Reforms in Ukraine”, positively evaluated the draft constitutional amendments. “I agree with the conclusions of the Venice Commission – new amendments should strengthen independence of the judiciary. Potential influence on judges from the side of political power will diminish. The draft amendments could be considered as a serious prerequisite for the judiciary to serve for the people,” – noted Dr. Valančius.

On 24 July, the Venice Commission released the Preliminary Opinion of the European Commission Democracy Through Law in which the proposals on amending the Constitution prepared by the Working group on justice of the Constitutional Commission of Ukraine was positive assessed. The Venice Commission welcomed eliminating the Verkhovna Rada from the process of the appointment of judges; abolition of probation period for the judges, excluding the breach of oath from the list of the grounds of the judges’ dismissal; implementing competitive basis of the appointment of judges, forming of the High Council of Justice provided the majority of its members are elected by the judges; reforms of the prosecutors’ offices and providing their independence  and also stripping prosecutors’ offices of the right to carry out general supervision.

 

EU supports transparent testing process to recruit public prosecutors in Ukraine

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The EU continues to provide its support to much needed public prosecution reforms in Ukraine. The EU-funded project “Support to Justice Sector Reforms in Ukraine” is going to provide necessary funds and expertise for Ukraine-wide open competition aimed at competitive recruitment of Heads and deputy Heads of local Public Prosecution Offices (PPO).

As part of the implementation of the new Law on Public Prosecution, which was positively assessed by the Venice Commission and came into effect on 15 July 2015, for the first time in the history of the Ukrainian PPO, leadership of local Prosecutors’ offices will be recruited through an open and competitive procedure. For the first time in the history of the Ukrainian PPO, leadership of local Prosecutors’ offices will be recruited through an open and competitive procedure. The open competition will consist of professional knowledge tests, general skills tests, psychometric tests and face-to-face interviews. The serving prosecutors can also apply, but will have no preferential treatment compared to any external candidate. The EU will provide the necessary funds and expertise to organize testing process with the help of EU funded project “Support to Justice Sector Reforms in Ukraine”.

Charge d’Affaires of the EU Delegation to Ukraine Thomas Frellesen said that “the EU stands ready to support a reorganization of the Public Prosecution Offices and optimization of its human resources. Open, transparent and merit-based selection of Heads and Deputies of local prosecutors is a key element of such reform. It will result in an independent and impartial service, which will strengthen Ukraine’s ability to ensure the rule of law and improve its fight against corruption”.

Source: Delegation of the European Union to Ukraine