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Strasbourg unimpressed over evidence not only once retracted, but also in absentia

In an important judgment Lutsenko v. Ukraine, the Court found that the use by a Ukrainian court of written evidence from a co-accused who the applicant was unable to question had been a violation of his right to defence (Article 6 § 1 of the Convention). | детальніше

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Criminal investigations against judges launched in Kharkiv and the Crimea

In both these new cases, the judge is suspected of passing knowingly wrongful rulings | детальніше

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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 | детальніше

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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 | детальніше

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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. | детальніше

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Ukraine paying for infringements established by the European Court of Human Rights

Ukrainians are increasingly turning to Strasbourg for justice and being awarded fair amounts in compensation. According to the Deputy Minister of Justice, the figure paid out so far this year is five million UAH | детальніше

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Council of Judges critical of mounting pressure on judges

It calls on judges “to not succumb to blackmail and provocation, regardless of whom they originate from, and not allow themselves to be used in political confrontation, and refrain from passing rulings which do not have legal basis and justification in law.” | детальніше

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Uncensored justice

On an attempt in an apparently reputable newspaper to analyze the progress with judicial reform which has ended in allegations of censorship and counter accusations, or more accurately insinuations, about some supposedly questionable motives. | детальніше

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Ukraine: Respect Independent Judiciary

Human Rights Watch calls on Ukraine’s political leaders to stop using the court as a political tooll | детальніше

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Political “Monopoly”

We are seeing politicians openly using and abusing their “assets”, otherwise known as State bodies in their battle to retain, gain or deprive others of power. Most disturbingly, they are equally blunt in their attempts to influence the judiciary | детальніше

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Supreme Court Head calls on President to reinstate administrative court

The letter speaks of grave infringements of the procedure for dissolution and creation of courts set down in the Constitution and laws of Ukraine | детальніше

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Supreme Court Head speaks of threat to Ukraine’s justice system

The behaviour of high-ranking officials and politicians in blocking the work of the courts, putting pressure on judges and punishing those who hand down “the wrong” rulings are placing the judiciary and the very future of the state in question | детальніше

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Strategy for reforming criminal justice may get moving

In September, according to the Strategy, a new Criminal Procedure Code should be submitted to the Cabinet of Ministers for its consideration | детальніше

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Two men imprisoned following confessions made under duress awarded 1 million UAH in compensation

The court awarded damages over the unlawful actions of detective inquiry and criminal investigation bodies, the prosecutor’s office and the court | детальніше

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So is the only free cheese that in a mousetrap?

On the failings of State-funded legal aid and a vital project of public defence offices for providing such assistance in Khmelnytsky, Kharkiv and Bila Tserkva | детальніше

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Makiyivka resident awarded 50 thousand UAH for wrongful prosecution

59-year-old Viktor Natalukha from the town of Makiyivka in the Donetsk region was awarded moral damages over the wrongful initiating of a criminal investigation against him | детальніше

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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 | детальніше

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Innocent Luhansk resident spent more than three years in prison

Serhiy Lesnyak is now seeking compensation from the State after a mistake made by the criminal investigation unit, the prosecutor’s office and the court cost him 3 years and 4 months wrongful imprisonment | детальніше

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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 | детальніше

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The Right to a fair trial is not for Tymoshenko

The Prime Minister reports that the Cabinet of Ministers has passed a resolution which gives the right on the basis of the Constitution to not enforce knowingly criminal rulings or orders. The knowingly criminal nature of these is left to each government official to determine | детальніше

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