Secretary General of Council of Europe worried about new judicial reform in Ukraine

The Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Maria Peychinovich-Burich, expressed concern about the new judicial reform in Ukraine. This was reported in a letter to the Secretary General of the Council of Europe.

So, Peychinovich-Burich sent a corresponding letter to the Foreign Minister of Ukraine Vadim Priestayko regarding draft law No. 1008 "On amendments to some laws of Ukraine regarding the activities of judicial authorities." The document was recommended for adoption in the second reading by the Ukrainian parliament by the Verkhovna Rada Committee on Legal Policy.

The bill proposes to reduce the number of judges of the Supreme Court to 100 out of 192. There are also plans to change the rules for selecting members of the High Qualifications Commission of Judges of Ukraine and to conduct a complete reboot of the body. The document proposes to narrow down the guarantees of independence of judges.

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“It proposes large-scale changes that could have serious consequences for the independence of the judiciary. In particular, the draft law affects the status and qualification requirements for judges and related procedures,” wrote Peicinovich-Buric.

"It is most important that (reform, – ed.) Be based on the achievements of the reforms introduced in order to comply with Council of Europe standards and international standards," Peicinovich-Buric said.

Earlier, the full report of the Council of Europe on reforming the justice system in Ukraine for 2014-2018 was published, where CE experts announced a "positive trend in improving the professionalism, efficiency and quality of justice."

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