The EU-funded Project “Support to Justice Sector Reforms in Ukraine” aims to support consolidated justice sector-wide reforms in Ukraine
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…
03 July 2017

Conference “Setting Up Private Enforcement Service: European Practices and Trends”

On July 11, 2017, an international conference “Setting Up Private Enforcement Service: European Practices and Trends” will take place.The conference is supported by the Ministry of Justice of Ukraine together with the European Union Project “Support to Justice Sector Reforms in Ukraine”, the OSCE Project Coordinator in Ukraine, the New Justice USAID Program and the Center for…
21 November 2016

Strategic Workshop “PROTECTION OF ADVOCATE’S RIGHTS AND THE RIGHTS OF THEIR CLIENTS”

Location: Uzhgorod (29, Elektrozavodska Street)Date/Time: 21 November 2016 (11:00 – 16:00)Organizers: the EU Project “Support to Justice Sector Reforms in Ukraine”Ukrainian Advocates’ AssociationUkrainian Bar AssociationOpen Court ProjectFor details click…
11 November 2016

Round Table “Probation in Ukraine: using sanctions in the community”

Location:  Kharkiv (Yaroslav Mudry Law University of Kharkiv / 77, Pushkinska Street)Date/Time: 11 November 2016 / 10:00-13:20Organizers:The EU Project “Support to Justice Sector Reforms in Ukraine”The Department of Probation of the Ministry of Justice of UkraineThe Norwegian Mission of Rule of Law Advisers to Ukraine (NORLAU)Purpose of the event:This round…
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Ukraine implements new mechanisms of settling the conflict of interest in the work of judges

On 24 February, 2016, the Procedure for Control of Adherence to the Legislation Aimed to Manage the Conflict of Interest in the Work of Judges and Other Representatives of the Judiciary was presented in the Ukraine Crisis Media Center. The experts of the EU Project “Support to the Justice Sector Reforms in Ukraine” presented this document jointly with the Council of Judges of Ukraine. The procedure approved by the Council of Judges on 04 February, 2016, and developed with the support of the EU Project “Support to the Justice Sector Reforms in Ukraine”, determines legal base for the mechanism managing the conflict of interest in the work of judges. Despite the key conflict of interest concepts and settlement methods being already enshrined in the laws, this is the first document in Ukraine to determine the methods of preventing and settling the conflict of interest in the public service in such a detailed manner.  The key novelty of this document is that it introduces voluntary declaration of private interests as a way to inform about potential conflict of interest.

The document has been drafted on a basis of the experience of Lithuania, where the consistency of public and private interests of the state officials is enshrined in the laws. According to the law, each Lithuanian public official, including judges, shall submit the Private Interest Declaration indicating the information about close relatives, affiliations with legal entities and individuals, agreements, individual activities.

“This is the first regulation in our country on settling the conflict of interest in any public entity. This is a definitely positive step towards restoring trust in the judiciary,” – Valentyna Simonenko, Head of the Council of Judges of Ukraine, Judge of the Supreme Court of Ukraine, stated.

“There is a huge distrust to the public authorities, including the judiciary, in the society. This is why the judges have just demonstrated that they are ready for transparency,” – Virgilijus Valancius, Team Leader of the EU Project “Support to the Justice Sector Reforms in Ukraine”, noted.

The new document facilitates the establishment of mechanisms to determine private interests in the judges’ activities, to prevent actual conflict of interests and to hold the faulty persons responsible in case of breaching the relevant laws.

“We will gradually veer away from the pattern where everything depends on the laws, regardless of whether it is included in the laws or not.  Instead, the judicial corps itself will handle the conflict of interest,” – said Petro Pavlychenko, National Expert of the EU Project “Support to the Justice Sector Reforms in Ukraine”.

“It is notable that “conflict of interest” is very often mentioned alongside the word “corruption”. Alternatively, people call the conflict of interest “the door to corruption”. That is why such mechanisms as declaring private interests should be enshrined in the law. We hope that the best European practices will soon turn into Ukrainian realities,” – emphasized Yuliya Zemlytska, National Expert of the EU Project “Support to the Justice Sector Reforms in Ukraine”.

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Justice sector stakeholders of Lviv Oblast discussed conflict of interest in the work of judges

The IIІ session of Lviv Regional Justice Reform Council took place on February 20, 2016, in Lviv. The event was organized with support of the Judicial Reform Council under the President of Ukraine, the EU Project “Support to Justice Sector Reform in Ukraine”, the Council of Judges of Ukraine and Lviv Regional Branch of the Ukrainian Bar Association.

The meeting was attended by representatives of the judiciary, prosecution, bar, as well as legal experts. Within the event, lively discussion was held on compliance with the legislation regulating conflict of interest in the work of judges and other members of the judiciary. On February 04, 2016, the Council of Judges of Ukraine adopted the Procedure for Monitoring Compliance with the Law on Conflict of Interest of Judges. This document has been developed in cooperation with the EU experts. Yuliia Zemlytska, National Expert EU Project “Support to Justice Sector Reform in Ukraine” presented key provisions of the new document. The participants discussed specific cases of conflict of interest in the activities of judges, prosecutors and advocates. Loïc Guérin, Key Expert of the EU Project, shared French experience in management of the conflict of interest within the judiciary.

Oksana Tsymbrivska, National Expert of the EU Project, presented the results of the nationwide survey “Criminal justice reform: view of investigators, prosecutors, lawyers and judges” conducted among 5000 representatives of the justice sector on the initiative of the EU Project “Support to Justice Sector Reform in Ukraine” in 2014 -2015. The participants intensively discussed the survey results. Most of them declared the necessity to strengthen cooperation and communication, and supported the idea of ​organizing ​joint training courses for judges, prosecutors and advocates.

 “Implementation of the legislation aimed to manage the conflict of interest in the work of judges is a significant step towards restoration of trust to Ukrainian judiciary. European Union will continue supporting Ukrainian stakeholders in their path to building efficient justice system,” – noted Virgilijus Valančius, Team Leader of the EU Project “Support to Justice Sector Reforms in Ukraine”.

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EU Project continues seminars on anticorruption measures for representatives of regional and local prosecutions

EU Project “Support to Justice Sector Reforms in Ukraine” continues series of seminars Issues of Organization of Activity of a Prosecutor as a Specially Authorized Actor in Counteraction to Corruption, and Application of Anticorruption Law”.

On 12 February, the seminar was organized in the Prosecution Office of Dnipropetrovsk Oblast.  The participants of the seminar discussed issues related to the work of prosecutors aimed to fight corruption and the anticorruption legislation.

 The following seminar was held in the Prosecution Office of Lviv Oblast. Apart from the local prosecutors, the seminar was attended by the representatives of regional prosecutors’ offices of Ivano-Frankivsk, Zakarpattia, Volyn, Khmelnytsk, Chernivtsy and Ternopil Oblasts, as well as the prosecutors of the Military Prosecution of the Western Region, judges, representatives of the regional fiscal service, and legal scholars.

 In the course of two seminars, Loic Guerin, Key Expert of the EU Project “Support to Justice Sector Reforms in Ukraine”, spoke about anticorruption practices in the EU Member States.      

In February-March 2016, the EU Project Support to Justice Sector Reforms in Ukraine has supported five seminars on implementation of anticorruption legislation for local and regional prosecutors in Kyiv, Odesa, Lviv, Dnipropetrovsk and Kharkiv. More than 200 regional and local prosecutors are participating in the seminars.

 Information at the official websites of the Prosecution Office of Dnipropetrovsk Oblast and the Prosecution Office of Lviv Oblast

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III Regional Justice Reform Council Session in Lviv

Location: Hotel “Leopolis” (16, Teatralna Street, Lviv)

Date/Time: 20 February 2016 / 10:30 – 13:30

Organizers: EU Project “Support to Justice Sector Reforms in Ukraine”, Judicial Reform Council under the President of Ukraine, Ukrainian Bar Association

Objective: Discussion of the implementation of the legislation related to the management of conflict of interest in the work of judges

Conference “Constitutional reform: promoting an independent, accountable, transparent and efficient judiciary”

Location: Hilton Kyiv (30, Tarasa Shevchenko Boulevard)

Date: 18 February 2016 р. (opening session – 09:30)

Organizers: EU Project “Support to Justice Sector Reforms in Ukraine”, USAID Fair Justice Project, Council of Europe

Objectives:

– Discuss and raise awareness about major draft changes to the Constitution aimed at promoting judicial independence, accountability, transparency and efficiency.

– Build consensus amongst key stakeholders to advance adoption of constitutional amendments related to the judiciary.

– Develop recommendations and next steps related to adoption and implementation of constitutional amendments related to the judiciary.