President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky decided to create an expert group to assess the judicial reform and prepare steps to solve the problems of the functioning of the judicial branch of government, noted in the AP.
Judicial reform in Ukraine will be changed, said the deputy head of the Presidential Administration (AP) of Ukraine, Ruslan Ryaboshapka. On this June 14 informed the site of the head of state.
“We are concerned about the situation that has been emerging recently in connection with the proclamation by various judicial instances (in particular“ reformed ”) court decisions, which, according to lawyers, are not based on the requirements of the Constitution of Ukraine and the law. the system, which is already low, "said in the message.
The AP believes that “the presence of a number of such court decisions is an obvious evidence of the failure of judicial reform, which was held under the control of the administration of the former President of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko.
"In this regard, Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky decided to create an expert group to assess the results of the" judicial reform "and prepare legislative and practical steps to urgently solve the problems of the functioning of the judicial branch of the government. In addition, like all Ukrainian society, we expect The High Council of Justice’s principled reaction to such decisions, "the Presidential Administration said.
Judicial reform in Ukraine began in 2014.
In June 2016, the Verkhovna Rada adopted a law on the judicial system and the status of judges, as well as amendments to the Constitution in terms of justice. They abolished the procedure for appointing judges to the president for a five-year term. Also, the highest specialized courts were liquidated, a cassation instance was created, which guarantees the protection of the right to justice to a citizen of Ukraine. Provided for a gradual increase in the salary of judges.
In December 2016, the Parliament adopted law creating the High Council of Justice. This body replaced the High Council of Justice. The Council of 21 members is empowered to dismiss judges from office, transfer them to another court, and give consent to the detention or arrest of a judge.
The Council of Europe said that the competitive procedures for the selection and appointment of judges, which were introduced in the framework of judicial reform in Ukraine, complied with the standards of the organization.
Poroshenko said that his cadence was not enough to complete the judicial reform completely, and least of all it touched the courts of first instance.