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The EU Project “Support to Justice Sector Reforms in Ukraine” continues to strengthen institutional capacities of the Ministry of Justice of Ukraine (MoJ). One of the MoJ functions includes coordination and supervision of the reform of the forensic expertise.

Ukrainian stakeholders asked for support in reforming the system of forensic expertise, including resolving the questions of the “model” of judicial expertise (State-financed or private), appointment and certification of expert, rules of procedure which grant parties equal access to expert-produced evidence. To fulfill these objectives, the EU Project has engaged two experts – Gabrielė Juodkaitė-Granskiensė, Director of Forensic Science Centre of Lithuania, and Jurgita Paužaitė-Kulvinskienė, Director of Law Institute of Lithuania. The experts will examine how forensic expertise providers are organised in Ukraine, reporting to MoJ on choice of priorities for the ongoing reform.

“The importance of this reform should not be underestimated, given that fair, independent and efficient expert support and the handling of expert evidence goes to the core of the right to a fair trial,”– noted Dovydas Vitkauskas, Coordinator of the EU Project “Support to Justice Sector Reforms in Ukraine”.