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 | detail

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Dependent independence

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 | detail

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Ukraine vs. Children: Whose side is the court on?

Ukraine’s 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 | detail

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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 | detail

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Judges accused of bribe-taking

The Prosecutor General’s 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 | detail

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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 | detail

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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. | detail

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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 | detail

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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 | detail

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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 father’s dacha. He could now face between 5 and 8 years imprisonment himself | detail

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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 | detail

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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 individual’s right to privacy | detail

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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 | detail

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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. | detail

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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 | detail

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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 court’s work | detail

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A judge won’t stand in judgment on a judge

“The case was closed due to the non-appearance of the respondent” is just one of the stages in this surreal, although unfortunately true, tale of a journalist’s efforts to stand up for his rights and those of the public to receive objective information | detail

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PACE calls on Ukraine to accelerate implementation of a European judicial model

PACE welcomes the tabling in parliament of a number of draft laws which allow for fundamental changes to the court system in Ukraine, however is concerned by numerous reservations from the Supreme Court which some parliamentarians seem to be using to drag out the reform | detail

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Journalists define Ukraine’s main problems

A recent study showed that while most journalists consider reform of the judiciary to be one of the highest priorities for society, their assessment of actual progress and of relations between the press and courts in Ukraine is worryingly low | detail

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“Ukraine doesn’t have independent monitoring of the level of offences committed by judges

While in present conditions, the Verkhovna Rada’s consent to the arrest of a corrupt judge was by no means guaranteed, it is probably a drop in the ocean given the likely level of corruption within the Ukrainian judiciary | detail

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