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 SJA to work on establishing the new court guard service

In the law of 04 August 2015 on the National Police, Ukraine decided to transfer to the State Judicial Administration the task of ensuring the protection of the courts, judges, and persons involved into criminal justice process, their families and their property.

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This mission, previously performed by the Griffon unit of the Ministry of Interior of Ukraine, will be provided by the Court Guard Service, new state agency having the status of legal entity.

To assist and advise the SJA administration in the creation of this new service, the EU “Project Support to Justice Sector Reforms in Ukraine” has engaged the expert Michel Gerber who has worked closely with the representatives of the working group set up by the SJA together with the MoI.

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Together, they examined different stages of the creation of the Court Guard Service in the legal and practical spheres, checked for compliance with the current laws, held assessment of the number of required positions, drafted the criteria for recruitment and training, assessed the necessary equipment, checked for correspondence to European practices, etc.

The next step will include the development of the Action Plan, after the basic texts have been signed by the head of the SJA and properly registered.

Criminal Enforcement Inspection of Ukraine obtained new risk assessment tool

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On 26 October 2015, EU Project “Support to Justice Sector Reforms in Ukraine”  and the Criminal Enforcement Inspection of the State Penitentiary Service in Poltava Oblast discussed the adult offenders risk and needs assessment tool for committing second crime. More than 30 Criminal Enforcement Inspection officers participated in the discussion.

The tool was developed by the EU Project’s short-term experts Vesna Babić (former Head of Treatment Service, Croatia) and Daniel Clark (Psychologists, National Offender Management Service, UK) in cooperation with the psychologists of Criminal Enforcement Inspection of the State Penitentiary Service of Ukraine.

The tool has already been tested in Kyiv, Lviv. Kharkiv, Ivano-Franskivsk and Zaporizhya regions.

EU Project “Support to Justice Sector Reforms in Ukraine” provides assistance to improve internal communications among the judicial system institutions in Ukraine

To perform the analysis of communication in judicial reform and performance evaluation of judges, the EU Project invited Reda Moliene, Director of the National Court Administration of the Republic of Lithuania, and Živilė Navickaitė-Babkin, Communications Expert of the National Court Administration of the Republic of Lithuania. The mission of the Lithuanian expert included meetings with representatives of all stakeholders, who take part in communication in judicial reform: Council of Judges (CJ), High Qualification Commission of Judges (HQC), State Judicial Administration (SJA), Administration of President (AP), press officers of the courts. There was no meeting with representatives from High Council of Justice (HCJ).

After the meeting with representatives of Ukrainian judicial system institutions Živilė Navickaitė-Babkin prepared analysis of communication in judicial reform and performance evaluation of judges in Ukraine with recommendations on communication with judges during judicial reform and evaluation of judges, aiming to reduce the resistance to the changes.

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Protection of property rights discussed at SCU

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On October 21-22, 2015, the International Conference on “Property Right: European Experience and Ukrainian Realities” was held in the Supreme Court of Ukraine. It was initiated in close cooperation with the EU Project “Support to Justice Sector Reform in Ukraine”, the OSCE Project Coordinator’s in Ukraine Project “Guarantee of Human Rights in Administration of Justice”  and the Law Faculty of Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv.

Judges, academicians, practicing lawyers, national and international experts participated in the conference. The participants were discussing a number of topical issues connected to application by Ukrainian national courts of Article 1 of the First Protocol to the Convention on Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms and the relevant case law of the European Court of Human Rights   .

The Head of the Supreme Court of Ukraine Yaroslav Romaniuk outlined the following: “As the right to property is protected at the highest level under Article 1 of the First Protocol to the Convention on Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, the countries having signed the Convention should respect this right and guarantee respect of this rights at the national level”`.

 “Guarantees of respect of the right to property provides basis for development of efficient market economy. That is why this institute requires proper legal regulation, constituent interpretation and practical application. It is important to ensure uniformity of case law for this purpose,” – said the Team Leader of the EU Project “Support to Justice Sector Reform in Ukraine” Virgilijus Valancius.

International Conference “Property Right: European Experience and Ukrainian Realities”

Date: 22 – 23 October 2015 

Place: Supreme Court of Ukraine (8, Pylypa Orlika Street)  

Organizers:

Supreme Court of Ukraine

OSCE

EU Project “Support to Justice Sector Reforms in Ukraine”

Government of Canada

Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv