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.