Vasyl Onopenko removed from the High Council of Justice
The High Council of Justice on Tuesday terminated the authority of Vasyl Onopenko in connection with the end of his term as President of the Supreme Court. The election, in which he is standing again, has been blocked
Supreme Court begins proceedings on Stanislav Lutsenko cases
For more than two years the judgment of the European Court of Human Rights with respect to Lutsenko v. Ukraine has remained unenforced. During that period Stanislav Lutsenko has been serving a prison sentence on the basis of a conviction whose questionable nature was confirmed by the European Court of Human Rights.
Parliamentarians want to restrict access to court rulings
The Verkhovna Rada on 6 October passed at its first reading a draft law which would determine which court rulings are entered in the Register of Court Rulings. Responsibility for the selection would be vested with the Council of Judges
Venice Commission: Individuals have the right to constitutional submissions
The Head of the Venice Commission Delegation visiting Ukraine to discuss the draft law on the parliamentary elections, believes that Ukrainian citizens must be given the right to make individual submissions to the Constitutional Court
Ukraine’s unprecedented law
With less than 6 months remaining for Ukraine to rectify systemic faults leading to abuse of remand in custody, the tale here of a Court of Appeal’s ruling finding detention unwarranted and the subsequent motion in the High Council of Justice to have all three judges dismissed, gives no grounds for optimism
According to the Accounting Chamber, systemic failings in legal regulation of organizational provisions for the Constitutional Court are seriously impeding fulfilment of the constitutional guarantees of Court and judges’ independence
Ukraine vs. Children: Whose side is the court on?
Ukraines laws do not help children to resolve their problems via the courts. Quite the contrary: the courts simply multiply these problems, deeply traumatizing children who are already in a difficult situation
Why are court rulings not available to all?
The Single Court Register which was intended to provide free and comprehensive information about court rulings in Ukraine is not working
Judges accused of bribe-taking
The Prosecutor Generals Office has launched one criminal investigation into an alleged case of corruption involving a judge, sent another to the court and asked the Supreme Court to determine jurisdiction in two other cases
Call for judge to be dismissed over the case against “CAT plus”
In December 2007 Tetyana Khaustova passed a ruling ordering “CAT plus” and the journalist Nataliya Popova to pay 80 thousand UAH in damages to the Mayor of Slovyansk Valentin Rybachuk . The ruling was later overturned as in breach of norms on freedom of expression
Monitoring of Judicial Independence in Ukraine: 2008
The results of this study by the Centre for Judicial Studies demonstrate dangerous tendencies with infringements of judicial independence, with the institutional independence of the judiciary under constant threat from individual high-ranking public officials and state bodies.
State-funded legal aid leaves just about everything to be desired
In a study just published, only 1.2% of those surveyed said that the situation with regard to legal protection had significantly improved over the last three years, while 20.9% answered that it had become considerably worse
President approves conceptual strategy for reforming the criminal justice system
It includes reform of all stages of the criminal justice process and is based on guarantees of human rights and fundamental freedoms. Its implementation should undoubtedly lead to greater protection of the individual from the State
Zhytomyr judge faces charges over exploiting prisoners
A judge from the Zhytomyr region is accused of using people imprisoned for 15 days to help build his fathers dacha. He could now face between 5 and 8 years imprisonment himself
Mediation is better
The Ministry of Justice has announced plans to introduce a mediation procedure to be applied when examining criminal, civil and economic court cases
Transparency lacking in the courts
A sstudy has found that judges quite often restrict access to information which according to the law is open. On the other hand members of the media are not sufficiently aware of the individuals right to privacy
Corruption in the Ukrainian judiciary: public assessment
According to the results of the “Hidna Ukraina” project, 59% in western regions of Ukraine believe corruption in the judiciary is extremely widespread. This view is held by 64% of those surveyed in eastern regions; 66% in central and 67% in southern regions
Criminal liability for non-enforcement of court rulings is nonsense
KHPG legal expert Arkady Bushchenko calls the new legislative initiative an attempt to transfer the problem from the patient to a healthy person. There are laws, they need to be made to work.
Pechersky District Court in Kyiv suspends Verkhovna Rada Resolution which the Supreme Court slammed
On 30 May the Verkhovna Rada passed a Resolution stating that the High Court of Justice would temporarily take over the functions of appointment and dismissal of judges to administrative posts
Supreme Court accuses Deputies of trying to destroy the judicial system
The Supreme Court has issued a statement sharply criticizing the Resolution passed by the Verkhovna Rada on procedure for appointing judges which it says will seriously increase pressure and interference in the courts work