On 10 September, the international partners (EU, USA, Germany, UK, the Council of Europe Office in Ukraine, UNDP, and EBRD) presented to the Acting Chair of the High Council of Justice of Ukraine two joint lists of international experts for their selection and appointment to the Ethics Council for the High Council of Justice and the Selection Commission for the High Qualification Commission of Judges.
In August 2021, Ukraine adopted historic and crucial legislative amendments for judicial reforms, introducing independent selection commissions that will select and vet the individuals who serve in Ukraine’s judiciary, with the temporary participation of international experts.
According to the joint statement of the international partners, “all experts have superior credentials and experience as senior judges, prosecutors, and leading experts on judicial ethics, selection, and anti-corruption”.
“The temporary but crucial role of international experts, alongside Ukrainian judges, … aims to restore public trust in judicial institutions, resist the influence of vested interests, and defeat judicial corporatism,” the statement says. “The High Qualification Commission of Judges is the single institution that is empowered to select new judges in order to fill the many vacancies in the Ukrainian courts of law. The High Council of Justice is the highest judicial governance body in Ukraine that nominates judges for presidential appointment”.
International partners look forward to similarly strong nominations of the Ukrainian judges by the Council of Judges, says the statement.
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