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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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 discussed:

1) The formation of the private enforcement of court decisions in other countries. Aspects of the profession development in Ukraine.

2) Practical issues of the PEOs activities.

Among the participants of the event are: representatives of the Ministry of Justice of Ukraine, the National Police of Ukraine, the State Fiscal Service of Ukraine, judicial officials, private enforcement officers from Ukraine, Serbia and Bulgaria, as well as lawyers and legal specialists.

 

Places and dates of the events:

August 1: Kharkiv, 13, Nezalezhnosti Ave., Premises of the Kharkiv Economic Court of Appeal. Beginning at 9:30

August 3: Odessa, 29, Shevchenko Lane, Premises of the Odessa Economic Court of Appeal. Beginning at 9:30

WARNING! Pre-registration is required.

For additional information, please contact the UBA Secretariat at: +380 (44) 492-88-48 or e-mail: branches@uba.ua, contact person – Daria Sidorchuk, and also EU Project “Support to Justice Sector Reforms in Ukraine”: olga.bankova@justicereformukraine.eu  Olga Bankova

The High Qualification Commission announced the names of the winners of Supreme Court selection

On July 27, 2017, the High Qualification Commission of Judges of Ukraine during the plenary session approved a rating of 320 candidates for the positions of the Supreme Court judges. 120 people became the winners of the competition, among them – judges, lawyers, scientists and specialists with a combined experience.

To see the full list: LINK

“Among the winners of the competition, we see professors and teachers, a volunteer judge who defended the Donetsk airport, human rights defenders with experience in the European Court of Human Rights, lawyers who have received education in leading international universities. I hope that they will become new faces of Ukrainian justice soon”, – Sergiy Koziakov, Head of the HQC said.

The competition began on November 7, 2016. 1436 persons registered for participation in the competition, 846 persons submitted documents for participation, 653 of them were admitted to the competition, 625 of them – before passing the qualification assessment.

Read more HERE

Round Table for First Private Enforcement Officers

On 26 July 2017 the Ministry of Justice held a round table dedicated to the launch of private enforcement officers (PEOs) profession. A wide range of issues was discussed, including the use of registers, liability insurance, offices requirements, and the relationship with State enforcement officers.

The round table was attended by the Minister of Justice Pavlo Petrenko, Deputy Minister Serhiy Shklyar, number of first PEOs, domestic and international experts, including the EU Project “Support Justice Sector Reforms in Ukraine” Team Leader Dovydas Vitkauskas.

“Private enforcement officer is a new legal profession. I am proud to have taken part in its creation together with the Ministry of Justice team, our European and international partners. The main task of the new profession is to make sure that court decisions are not simply issued but that they are also effectively enforced. I encourage private enforcement officers to be guided only by the law, maintaining the sense of justice and honesty to themselves and the parties to proceedings”, – stated the Minister during the meeting.

Results of the round table “Candidates for a new Supreme Court ‘under a microscope’: the verification of personal moral and psychological qualities and general abilities”

During the roundtable “Candidates for a new Supreme Court ‘under a microscope’: the verification of personal moral and psychological qualities and general abilities” HQC members shared their experience in assessing candidates to the Supreme Court, with a glance to psychological tests.

With the support of “USAID-Ukraine “New Justice project”, specialists from the Faculty of Psychology of the Kyiv National Taras Shevchenko University conducted a study on the psychological aspects of the judge’s professional activities. The project expert, Inna Kozytska, said that the research team had worked one and a half year on the professional profile of the judiciary profession.

“We have analyzed, which requirements for moral and psychological characteristics are being made in different countries of the world. This is USA, UK, Germany, Denmark, France. We identified key characteristics, systematized and classified them. We also selected 5 main blocks: communicative, cognitive, emotional motivational-volitional and others. The following testing and evaluation should be made according to these blocks”, – underlined Inna Kozytska.

The testing was made with the financial support of the EU project “Support to Justice Sector Reforms in Ukraine”. Project Team Leader Dovydas Vitkauskas expressed satisfaction with the fact that Ukraine, through such a test, sets a new standard that can be used in future in European countries as well.

“The great added value and superiority of testing was that we proposed to the Commission a matrix of thinking, a certain assessment of the matrix, through which the HQC not only receives information and facts, but also can better assess them from the point of view of the legislative requirements that must be met, when setting ratings and evaluating candidates. HQC had more data on each candidate than other institutions which select judges in European countries in similar situations”, – said Dovydas Vitkauskas.

According to Stanislav Shchotka, a member of the HQC, the results and conclusions of the psychological tests are valuable by the fact of their extremely high validity.

“Thanks to psychological tests, we were given an opportunity, to, at least indirectly, “get” into the candidate’s head see what type of person it was. We were able to prepare and even work out a certain scenario of interviewing. We, as it sounds weird, managed to maximize the objectivization of the approach to the assessment of subjective qualities of the person, who came to the competition”, – said HQC member, Andriy Kozlov.

 

History of Competition to the New Supreme Court. How it All Began

Results of the new Supreme Court selection will be announced soon, following a process which started on 7 November 2016 and lasted for many months. We decided to remind you a few important facts:

  • For the first time in the history of Ukraine, the whole of the Supreme Court is being formed through an open competition;
  • For the first time, not only judges of all instances, but also lawyers and legal scholars can apply for a judge;
  • For the first time, fullest-scale psychological testing was conducted in the Ukrainian public sector;
  • For the first time, representatives of non-governmental organisations have unique powers to present evidence and contest any candidate’s selection by way of the Public Integrity Council.

“HQCJ is setting a new standard for Ukraine and, perhaps, the whole of Europe, by creating a completely new Supreme Court based on accessible, inclusive, transparent and truly merits-based selection approaches” – Dovydas Vitkauskas, Team Leader of the EU Project “Support to Justice Sector Reforms in Ukraine”.

You can find out more about the selection process in this video: https://goo.gl/wSDMTz

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EU is among leaders in supporting efforts in the justice sector reform, including the Supreme Court selection process. EU Project “Support to Justice Sector Reforms in Ukraine” was involved in various stages of the process, in particular, the development of testing databases,  practical exercises, and psychological testing of candidates.