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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 presented results of Ukrainian judiciary performance management analysis

On 28-29 March the EU Project “Support to Justice Sector Reforms in Ukraine” organised two seminars “Performance Management in Courts” for the representatives of the Supreme Court of Ukraine,  High Qualification Commission of Ukraine, the High Council of Justice, the Council of Judges of Ukraine, State Judicial Administration of Ukraine, as well as academiсіans.

In the course of the seminars, Adis Hodzic, the EU Project expert, presented the results of analysis aimed to assess the performance of Ukrainian courts. The analysis was based on the assessment of three-year data from 601 first instance courts of ordinary jurisdiction. The data were collected for years 2012, 2013 and 2014 concerning the budgets and capital expenditure, numbers of judges and court staff, annual numbers of pending cases, incoming and resolved cases.


Performance management is a modern approach whereby public institutions regularly fix goals, measure and improve the quality of services to the society. This approach not only helps to distribute budgets more fairly, but also gives evidence-based justification for all career decisions, including promotions and, in some cases, dismissals. It also helps identify parts of the system (some courts) which need mentoring in better management and training in the core business of resolution of cases.

The performance of courts was mainly examined in line with two main aspects – time and use of resources in Ukrainian courts. The mathematical approach enabled to calculate position of each individual court in relation to its peers, taking into account output of the court and the cost-effectiveness the court achieves in distributing its resources.

According to the results of the analysis, in the period from 2012 to 2014, the number of courts demonstrating good performance and use of resources decreased by 77 % (from 298 to 69 courts). At the same time, the number of courts in need of improvement of their performance and use of resources increased by 171% (from 63 to 171). The number of courts demonstrating good performance (but not good use of resources) increased by 109% (from 160 to 335 courts). The number of courts which required support both to improve their performance and use resources decreased by 68% (from 80 to 26 courts).

According to Adis Hodzic: “In the future, this quantitative approach can be used as a foundation for new performance management system that is able to detect inefficiencies and reward innovation and improvements in the Ukrainian judiciary”. He stressed that, by way of applying the new scientific approach to performance management, Ukrainian stakeholders would be able to monitor the impact of judicial reform, provide decision-makers with objective performance data for policy and managerial decisions, and allow for effective allocation of human and financial resources.

Best European practices for preparation of candidates on the position of a judge


On March 28-30, 2016, the National School of Judges of Ukraine in cooperation with the EU Project “Support to Justice Sector Reform in Ukraine” and the joint EU and CoE Project “Consolidation of Justice Sector Reform” is holding the training for trainers who will subsequently deliver training to candidate judges.

The training is being conducted by the leading European experts Kikki Sundelin (Sweden), Isabel Thomás García, Senior Judge, Trainer and Head of the International Department at the Judicial School of the General Council for the Judiciary of Spain, Artur Ozimek, regional judge of the Regional Court in Lublin, a lecturer of the National School of Judiciary and Public Prosecution in Krakow (Poland), Petros Alikakos, Judge, CEPEJ expert, HELP focal point at the National School of Judges and Prosecutors (Greece). The experts will contribute different knowledge, skills and techniques and as well give the trainers opportunity to practice and develop their own training skills.

The training will cover inter alia the following issues:

  • how to choose the most effective method that would help to achieve certain educational purposes;
  • how to develop practical tasks (situational tasks / plots) for different purposes;
  • how to teach practical tasks (methods of teaching);
  • how to apply a method the best, at what stage of the class;
  • selection and preparation of material for a specific method (including case-method and role play);
  • best and bad practices of teaching;
  • what methods are used to verify if the objectives of the training have been achieved.

Development methodologies and teaching using the methods applied at Polish and Spanish training institutions for candidate judges will also be considered in the very details. There will be a separate issue dedicated to HELP – Human Rights Education for Legal Professionals – as a component of candidate judges training curriculum.

The training program is focused on interpretation and meaning of non-verbal signals, different ways of possession of the audience, relations between trainers and trainees.


EU Project joined the UBA initiative on increasing the effectiveness of the judiciary


EU Project “Support to Justice Sector Reforms in Ukraine” has joined the efforts with the Ukrainian Bar Association (UBA) for implementation of project “Effectiveness of the Disciplinary Organs in the System of Justice” project.

The Project is aimed at enhancing the effectiveness and quality of the disciplinary practice, strengthening its outcomes, protection of judges’ rights, increasing the public confidence in Ukrainian judiciary. The project will be implemented by a joint group of the national and European experts.

Within the framework of this project, on March 16, 2016,  a working meeting was held to establish cooperation between the parties. Virgilijus Valancius, Team Leader of the EU Project “Support to the Justice Sector Reforms in Ukraine”, Denys Bugay, UBA President, Oleksiy Muravyov, Deputy Head of the High Council of Justice (HCJ) and other partners participated in the discussion. The participants to the meeting discussed engagement of the EU Project experts in the work with a purpose to modify the HCJ Rules of Procedure with regard to improvement of the disciplinary proceedings on judges. It is further planned to hold a number of joint events within the framework of the Project implementation to inform judges, advocates and the public on the activities of disciplinary bodies of the judiciary.

International Judicial Forum 2016 “Judicial Reform: status and tendencies for development

Location: Supreme Court of Ukraine (8, P. Orlyka Street, Klovskiy Palace, Kyiv)

Date: 17-18 March 2016

Organizers: EU Project “Support to Justice Sector Reforms in Ukraine”. Supreme Court of Ukraine, Newspaper “Yuridicheskaya Praktika” (Legal Practice”), Taras Shevchenka National University of Kyiv

Detailes agenda of the event available here

Leading representatives of Ukraine’s justice sector discuss status and prospects of judiciary reform


IV International Judicial Forum 2016 “Judicial Reform: status and tendencies for development”, which is taking plaсe on 17-18 March, has started at the Supreme Court of Ukraine. For the second year in a row, the EU Project “Support to Justice Sector Reforms in Ukraine” is among the organizers of the event together with the Supreme Court of Ukraine, the newspaper “Yuridicheskaya Praktika” (Legal Practice) and Taras Shevchenka National University of Kyiv.

In the course of two days key representatives of the justice sector of Ukraine will be discussing issues of the constitutional reform in the part of the judiciary; realities and prospects of implementing the case-law in Ukraine; ways and mechanisms for implementation of procedural legislation; tax related disputes and bankruptcy cases.

The participants include Yaroslav Romanyuk, President of the Supreme Court of Ukraine, Yuri Baulin, President of the Constitutional Court of Ukraine, Olexiy Filatov, Deputy Head of the Administration of the President of Ukraine – Coordinator of the Judicial Reform Council, Igor Benedisyuk, Head of the High Council of Justice, Sergey Kozyakov, Head of the High Qualification Commission of Judges, and Valentyna Simonenko, Head of the Council of Judges of Ukraine.

Among the participants are leading legal experts from Lithuania and Latvia, including Aldis Lavinš, President of the Constitutional Court of Latvia, Rimvydas Norkus, President of the Supreme Court of Lithuania, Jonas Prapiestis, Chairman of the Chamber on criminal cases of the Supreme Court of Lithuania, Armanas Abramavicius, Judge of the Supreme Court of Lithuania, and Ignas Vegele, Chairman of the Lithuanian Bar Association.

In the opening speech, Yaroslav Romanyuk, President of the Supreme Court of Ukraine, stressed an importance of changes in the judiciary for society. In his opinion, key novelties in the course of the judiciary reform are optimization and simplification of the process in courts of all jurisdictions, reduction of number of conducted trials and time spent on those; implementation of new institutions for out-of-trial dispute resolution; changed approaches to uniformity of judicial practices.


Our event is a national platform for communication, interaction and laying a ground for constructive cooperation among representatives of the legal profession. We – judges, advocates, practicing lawyers, prosecutors and academics are here to find a compromise in pluralism of opinions for reaching the joint vision on how the justice sector should be like.  In particular, how the judiciary should be like when reforms are complete. How each of us can contribute to building efficient judiciary in Ukraine,” – noted Virgilijus Valancius, team Leader of the EU Project “Support to Justice Sector Reforms in Ukraine”, during his speech at the opening ceremony.