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On 14 December 2015, Mark Segal and Oksana Tsymbrivska, Experts of the EU Project “Support to Justice Sector Reforms in Ukraine” (Component 4: Access to Justice and Right to Defense), participated in the International Forum “Judiciary Reform: strengthening confidence and building the justice standards in Ukraine”. Organized by the Supreme Court of Ukraine and the Open Court Project, the event aimed to discuss transparency of courts, and the role of the judiciary and civil society in this process.

In the beginning of October 2015, the Open Court Project launched the contest “Open Court Reporter”. This initiative involved civil activists from all regions of Ukraine who monitored court hearings on different levels and jurisdictions.

The purpose of the contest was to make the courts more open and transparent by strengthening independence of judges and courts. There is no independent state without independent judiciary,” – said Stanislav Batrin, head of the Open Court Project.

“Transparency of the process is one of the guarantees for the provision of fair justice and a tool for saving the confidence in judicial system,” –  said Yaroslav Romanyuk, President of the Supreme Court of Ukraine.

Mark Segal, Key Expert of the EU Project “Support to Justice Sector Reforms in Ukraine”, stressed that proximity of the courts to people not only serves to the uniformity of court practices and increase of trust to the judiciary, but also to liquidation of legal nihilism in the society.