Zelenskyy orders competition for High Council of Justice

24 July, 03:10 PM
Volodymyr Zelenskyy (Photo:Office of the President of Ukraine)

Volodymyr Zelenskyy (Photo:Office of the President of Ukraine)

President Volodymyr Zelenskyy signed a decree on July 23 to create a competitive commission for the selection of candidates for the High Council of Justice (HCJ).

Zelenskyy also approved the regulations on holding the competition.

The composition of the commission includes:

• Serhii Hrynchak – Associate Professor of the Department of Criminal Law of the Yaroslav Mudryi National Law University (Kharkiv city);

• Taras Didych – professor of the Department of Theory and History of Law and the State of the Educational and Scientific Institute of Law at Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv;

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• Borys Kofman – professor at the Department of Law, Political Science and International Relations at the Alfred Nobel University (Dnipro city);

• Serhii Ocheretnyi – a retired judge of the Court of Appeal of Kharkiv Oblast;

• Zakhar Tropin – an associate professor of the International Law Department of the Educational and Scientific Institute of International Relations at Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv.

The Ethics Council, which examines candidates for the position of a member of the HCJ and its current members, on July 21, admitted 44 candidates to interviews.

Ten HCJ members submitted their letters of resignation ahead of time on Feb. 22. It was explained by the fact that the Ethics Council had started evaluation procedures for all members of the Council, except for the head of the Supreme Court. This put the possibility of further work of the HCJ "in direct dependence on the decisions and actions of the Ethics Council," while the Council's work in conditions of such dependence violated the guarantees of the activities of its members, according to the HCJ.

In late May, the Ethics Council resumed conducting interviews for the High Council of Justice, which began in February. However, non-government organizations criticized it for the decision to close the interviews with the candidates and to conduct them without online broadcasting – this was explained by martial law.

The High Council of Justice will appoint members of the High Qualification Commission of Judges (HQCJ), who will be elected for a four-year term based on the results of the competition.

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