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On 07 October, the EU Project “Support to Justice Sector Reforms in Ukraine” and The European Union Advisory Mission (EUAM) Ukraine organized a round-table in Kyiv to address approaches to court security in Ukraine.

The round-table examined ways to find short and long-term solutions, with EU experts sharing EU best practices in court security. The event featured Ukrainian experience in the area of protection of courts and judges presented by Valentyna Simonenko, Head of the Council of Judges of Ukraine, and Zinoviy Kholodnyuk, Head of the State Judicial Administration. The EU experts also presented court security practices in Estonian, Hungary, the Netherlands, Romania and other EU Member States.

Units within Ukraine’s Ministry of Internal Affairs were tasked with ensuring court security until November 2015, but a new law “On the Judiciary and the Status of Judges” adopted by the Verkhovna Rada on 02 June 2016 envisages the formation of a ‘Service of Court Security’ by 01 January 2018 as a long-term solution to the issue. In the meantime, Ukraine’s National Guard and National Police have been designated to ensure court security on a temporary basis.