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During the roundtable “Candidates for a new Supreme Court ‘under a microscope’: the verification of personal moral and psychological qualities and general abilities” HQC members shared their experience in assessing candidates to the Supreme Court, with a glance to psychological tests.

With the support of “USAID-Ukraine “New Justice project”, specialists from the Faculty of Psychology of the Kyiv National Taras Shevchenko University conducted a study on the psychological aspects of the judge’s professional activities. The project expert, Inna Kozytska, said that the research team had worked one and a half year on the professional profile of the judiciary profession.

“We have analyzed, which requirements for moral and psychological characteristics are being made in different countries of the world. This is USA, UK, Germany, Denmark, France. We identified key characteristics, systematized and classified them. We also selected 5 main blocks: communicative, cognitive, emotional motivational-volitional and others. The following testing and evaluation should be made according to these blocks”, – underlined Inna Kozytska.

The testing was made with the financial support of the EU project “Support to Justice Sector Reforms in Ukraine”. Project Team Leader Dovydas Vitkauskas expressed satisfaction with the fact that Ukraine, through such a test, sets a new standard that can be used in future in European countries as well.

“The great added value and superiority of testing was that we proposed to the Commission a matrix of thinking, a certain assessment of the matrix, through which the HQC not only receives information and facts, but also can better assess them from the point of view of the legislative requirements that must be met, when setting ratings and evaluating candidates. HQC had more data on each candidate than other institutions which select judges in European countries in similar situations”, – said Dovydas Vitkauskas.

According to Stanislav Shchotka, a member of the HQC, the results and conclusions of the psychological tests are valuable by the fact of their extremely high validity.

“Thanks to psychological tests, we were given an opportunity, to, at least indirectly, “get” into the candidate’s head see what type of person it was. We were able to prepare and even work out a certain scenario of interviewing. We, as it sounds weird, managed to maximize the objectivization of the approach to the assessment of subjective qualities of the person, who came to the competition”, – said HQC member, Andriy Kozlov.