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 “Support to Justice Sector Reforms in Ukraine” continues to support Ukrainian stakeholders in building quantitative performance and budget management system

Adis Hodzic, the Project’s expert, works closely with the institutions of the Ukrainian judiciary, as well as the Prosecutor General’s Office of Ukraine, to build performance management tools using scientific methods applied in advanced judicial administrations of Austria, Norway, Germany, the Netherlands. Such methods are based on the dimensions of time, cost efficiency and quality.

Dimension of time is usually covered with indicators related to average time for case processing. Cost efficiency should be addressed in order to establish functional judicial system in Ukraine capable of allocating human and financial resources based on the actual workload and performance data available in the courts. Quality is addressed in the relative percentage of canceled or changed court decisions at higher instance courts. 

The entire planning and budgeting framework should be result and not only cost oriented.

“Ukraine’s justice sector institutions need to establish quantitative performance management system to explain why the money is being spent. For example, budget of specific court would not be determined by number of employees but by number of cases solved or quality of service provided to citizens,” – notes Adis Hodzic.

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New publication: “European and International Standards in the Judiciary”

The EU Project “Support to Justice Sector Reforms in Ukraine” in cooperation with the Supreme Court of Ukraine and USAID FAIR Justice Project has released the publication “European and International Standards in the Judiciary”. The book is a compilation of the basic documents on European and international standards of the judiciary, approved by the UN and the institutions of the Council of Europe –  European Commission for the Efficiency of Justice (CEPEJ) and Consultative Council of European Judges. The book is available in the “Publications” section of the website.

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European and International Standards in the Judiciary

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EU Project experts create platform to discuss criminal justice reform

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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.

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Round table dedicated to discussion of the results of the project cross-cutting survey on criminal justice reform among investigators, lawyers, prosecutors and judges

Date: 21 December 2015 (14:00-17:30)

Venue: President Hotel (12, Gospitalna Str.)

Organizer: EU Project “Support to Justice Sector Reforms in Ukraine”

Purpose of the event:

to define key problems of criminal justice as viewed by participants of the criminal procedure;

facilitate common discussions among judges, prosecutors, advocates and investigators  on reform of criminal justice and in particular, on the ways to improve each others’ performance, attitude and behaviour