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The plenary session of the High Qualification Commission of Judges of Ukraine, held on July 17, 2017, considered the issue of confirmation of the ability of candidates for the positions of judges of cassation courts within the Supreme Court to administer justice in the relevant court in respect of which a break was announced.

“Supreme Court reform is one of the main key elements of the complete judiciary system re-set. Supreme Court, like the judiciary in general, needs fresh blood, new people and, of course, qualitatively new approaches”, – EU Project “Support to Justice Sector Reforms in Ukraine” Team Leader Dovydas Vitkauskas states.

In general, during the plenary sessions of the HQCJ, a decision was made on 102 candidates, of which 26 – did not confirm the ability to administer justice in the Supreme Court, 76 – confirmed.

A qualified evaluation has been suspended for one candidate and it is decided to inform the National Agency for the Prevention of Corruption and other anti-corruption bodies in accordance with their authority about the circumstances that may indicate a violation of the judge’s legislation in the field of prevention of corruption.


EU is among leaders in supporting efforts in the judiciary reform, including the Supreme Court selection process. EU Project “Support to Justice Sector Reforms in Ukraine” was involved at three stages of the process, in particular, the development and update of testing databases, and practical exercises, the support of psychological testing of candidates. The Project has covered all the expenses of the psychological testing stage