Two-day event is held on the initiative of the High Council of Justice (HCJ) and with support of the EU Project “Support to Justice Sector Reform in Ukraine”, USAID Project “Fair Justice”, the CoE Project “Strengthening the System of Judicial Accountability in Ukraine” and the joint Project of the CoE and EU “Consolidation of Justice Sector Policy Development in Ukraine”.
The participants are discussing the status and range of powers of the HCJ in the light of the ongoing judicial and constitutional reforms in Ukraine; they are also getting familiar with European and international standards in the sphere of judicial appointment and disciplinary liability of judges, with international experience and practice of the bodies having a similar status and powers; streamlining of the HCJ’s professional activity, including implementation of strategic planning, automatization of processes, professional development of the staff, is being discussed together with the scope of changes required for institutional building of the HCJ.
The event is being attended by representatives of the High Council of Justice, the High Qualification Commission of Judges of Ukraine, the Council of Judges of Ukraine, judges of the Supreme Court of Ukraine, the High Administrative Court of Ukraine, etc. Agenda of the event includes presentations by European experts from Lithuania, Georgia, Romania, Moldova, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Portugal, France and Italy.
Giving comments on the importance of the event of such level in the context of justice sector reform in Ukraine, Ihor Benedysiuk, Head of the High Council of Justice, said: “Broad expert discussion aims to explore best practices and approaches to reforming the status and powers of the High Council of Justice and unification of the judicial power, search for further implementation to the legislation of effective tools and mechanisms to ensure independence of the judiciary. The main task of the High Council of Justice as the highest authority in the judicial system is to complete the reform and purify the judicial system, and to help with restoration of public trust to court, because if not, there will be neither democratic changes in the society, nor positive development of Ukraine”.
“The High Council of Justice will play an important role in the implementation of the Ukrainian Justice Sector Reform Strategy 2015-2020 years. Draft amendments to the Constitution of Ukraine will provide the HCJ with the mechanisms to update the judicial system and to strengthen the judiciary its independence. We will continue our support to the High Council of Justice in the process of judicial system reform,” – said Virgilijus Valancius, Team Leader of the EU Project “Support to Justice Sector Reform in Ukraine”.