Conclusion of the CPLR on the draft Law of Ukraine «On Amending Certain Laws of Ukraine on the Activities of Judicial Governance Bodies»


On August 29, 2019, the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky submitted to the Verkhovna Rada the draft Law “On Amending Certain Laws of Ukraine on the Activities of Judicial Governance Bodies” No. 1008.

The draft law has the following motivation:

“According to the experts, most of the problems that currently exist in the judicial system are connected with the activities of the judicial governance bodies. For example, they point to the virtually unlimited discretion of the members of the High Qualifications Commission of Judges of Ukraine when conducting competitive procedures for selecting judges and qualifying them or delaying consideration by members of the High Council of Justice of disciplinary complaints against the actions of judges. In addition, the qualification evaluation procedure initiated by the High Qualifications Commission of Judges of Ukraine in 2016 is still not completed and only half of the judges from the entire judicial corps are considered to have passed the qualification evaluation. The selection of judges for the vacant posts, started in 2017, is still ongoing. It is not clear to the judges, the expert community and the public why these processes are hindered and citizens are still unable to get a fair judgment in time.”

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