Political Points of the CPLR for 4 – 10 February 2020

Actions and statements of President V. Zelensky in the area of judicial reform are inconsistent.

1. Event

On February 5, President Volodymyr Zelensky said“We have a difficult situation with the courts. It was always very difficult. They are personalities in this country. We are combating this now. … We are with you, I am sure, we will survive until the moment when the judicial system is restarted. At the same time, I know that there are a lot of decent judges in Ukraine, but, unfortunately, there are a lot of problematic cases that do not allow Ukraine to develop, do not allow investments, both Ukrainian and Western”.

Before that, on February 4, the President appointed Tetiana Rozvalyayeva, a former judge of the High Administrative Court of Ukraine, as a member of the High Council of Justice (HCJ). During her office as a judge, she was part of the so-called “Fifth Chamber,” created by former President V. Yanukovych to consider lawsuits against him, the Parliament, the High Council of Justice, and the High Qualifications Commission of Judges.

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