The Venice Commission supported the creation in Ukraine of an anti-corruption court
The Venice Commission supported the creation in Ukraine of an anti-corruption courtunder the Law “On judicial system and status of judges”.
About this UKRINFORM reported in the Venice Commission.
The law proposed by the transition of Ukraine to a three-tier judicial system and the establishment of the Higher anti-corruption court as a court of first instance. Also provides that in relation to High anti-corruption court must be passed by a separate law.
Now for the consideration of the Parliament introduced two bills No. 6011 (attribution Oksana Rawfoodist and Ivan krulko) and 6529 (attribution of Sergey Alekseev). The Venice Commission has critically commented on both bills, noting that the bill provides Alekseev the creation of individual chambers, not a separate court, while the bill Rawfoodist and Krulko raises doubts about its conformity with the Constitution and politicized the process of appointing judges, which is contrary to the principle of the independence of the judiciary.
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The experts of the Venice Commission positively assessed the progress in the country’s judicial reform and supported the initiative of the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko to create in Ukraine the anti-corruption court, noting that “this reform is clearly aimed at building Ukrainian judicial system in accordance with Council of Europe standards and enforcement in Ukraine of the rule of law”.
We will remind, Poroshenko called for an immediate establishment of anti-corruption judicial authority. “The urgent is the issue of establishing special anti-corruption court. This body should be formed on a competitive basis of the judges with an impeccable reputation,” he said. The President stressed that this body should be “dependent only on law, but free from any extraneous influences.”
The EU advocated the creation in Ukraine of an anti-corruption chamber of the court is separate. This was stated by the President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker at the summit Ukraine-EU. “The EU demanded from Ukraine to create a specialized anti-corruption court. Now we have agreed that Ukraine established within the framework of its judicial system specialized chamber on this issue, it will be enough”, – said Juncker.
Sytnik insists on creating anti-corruption court this year
Earlier Prosecutor General of Ukraine Yuriy Lutsenko stated that he was against the creation of a special anti-corruption court. In the opinion of the attorney General, it would be easier to do because such a chamber will be established on the basis of the existing material base.
According to the Director of NABU Artem Sytnik, special anti-corruption court may appear in Ukraine in 2017. For this February 1, the Verkhovna Rada has registered a bill to create an anti-corruption court. The draft law proposes to create Higher anti-corruption court of 70 judges, which will be the accused all the things NABU and SAP.