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On 15 June, the conference “Judicial reform: strategic planning and next steps” was held at the Supreme Court of Ukraine.

The conference was organized by the Council on Judicial Reform under the President of Ukraine in cooperation with the Supreme Court of Ukraine and EU Project “Support to Justice Sector Reforms in Ukraine”.

Key justice sector stakeholders, MPs, as well as representatives of the diplomatic community and international organizations, participated in the conference.

The event covered the topics of implementation of the Justice Sector Reform Strategy 2015-2020, amendments to the procedural law, prosecution and advocacy reforms, enforcement system model. Separate panel was dedicated to discussion of efficient “formula” for a new judge.

“Ukraine needs comprehensive and profound justice reform. We cannot change the judicial system, if we do not solve the problems of related institutes. There is a need in clear and streamlined vision of both – the overall goal and the ways to achieve it. The Justice Sector Reform Strategy 2015-2020 gives the answers to these questions. This document gives the ground for coordination of the reforms,” – said Oleksii Filatov, Deputy Head of the Presidential Administration and the Judicial Reform Council coordinator. He pointed out, that the judicial reform would never be efficient without simultaneous reform of the Bar, the Prosecutor’s Office and the Enforcement Service.

“Civil society is requiring reform of the judicial system. That is why the Justice Sector Reform Strategy 2015-2020 may embody our historical opportunity to build such a system in Ukraine that would function for the citizens and be independent in accordance with European standards,” – said Yaroslav Romaniuk, Head of the Supreme Court of Ukraine. He has also expressed his gratitude to the EU Project “Support to Justice Sector Reform in Ukraine” for its considerable contribution to the Strategy development.

“Instruments for changing the judicial system will be insufficient, unless we are able to guarantee well-qualified and honest judges. There should be public perception of a judge as a fair mediator,” – considers Leonid Yemets, First Deputy Head of the Parliamentary Committee for Legal Policy and Justice.

Information at the official website of SCU

Photo: Facebook page of the Unkrainian Bar Association