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”.