Project description

The EU-funded Project “Support to Justice Sector Reforms in Ukraine” aims to support consolidated justice sector-wide reforms in Ukraine. The project foresees direct involvement of EU Member states and continues until the end of 2016.

The project brings together at the discussion table all justice sector stakeholders in order to assist them with the development of the joint sector-wide reform strategy. The strategy is implemented through a robust sector coordination mechanism and will hinge on a tight implementation schedule backed by a multi-year financial commitment from the Ukrainian Government.

Project objectives and key components

Global Objective of the project is to contribute to strengthening the rule of law in Ukraine. Specific Project Objectives are:

  • to align major stakeholders’ policies and reform priorities in a coherent sector-wide reform strategy, supported by an implementation plan and a multi-annual financing programme secured by a Government decision and agreed with the Presidential Administration;
  • to create a viable sector coordination structure;
  • to provide expertise for key outstanding legislation.

The project is divided in 6 main key legal components central to policy and institutional reforms in Ukraine:

Component One: Justice Sector Reform Strategy

Component Two: Support to Execution of Court Decisions

Component Three: Prosecution Reform     

Component Four: Access to Justice and the Right to Defence

Component Five: Independence of the Judiciary   

Component Six: Prevention and Fight Against Corruption

Expected results

  • Effective sector coordination is established and operational. Stakeholder responsibilities and “Division of labour” is clear to all.
  • Draft laws, based on a positive assessment by the Council of Europe, are prepared in key legal areas. The latter include: the Law on the Public Prosecutors Office, an amendment to the Law on the Judiciary and Status of Judges, a draft for changes of the relevant provisions of the Constitution on Independence of the Judiciary, bylaws to the Criminal Procedures Code and possibly a draft law on the Police.
  • Each sector stakeholder has developed its contribution to update the Concept of Criminal Justice Reform of 2008 following the adoption of the Criminal Procedure Code of Ukraine under the coordination and guidance of the Ministry of Justice of Ukraine in cooperation with other sector stakeholders. There will be an implementation plan with sector-wide and stakeholder-specific benchmarks, including those aimed at reducing corruption within stakeholder institutions.
  • The implementation is supported by its implementation mechanism which, in the long run, should be supported by a multi-year financing program.
  • The stakeholders possess adequate capacities to implement the future justice sector reform strategy and are willing and able to jointly implement sector reforms.
  • A framework for the sector performance monitoring system is set up.