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Judicial reform
Judicial reform

The Centre of Policy and Legal Reform is a Ukrainian think-tank established in 1996. The CPLR is a non-governmental, non-profit and non-party organization. Our mission is to facilitate institutional reforms in Ukraine for strengthening democracy, rule of law, and good governance.

The first most important question is the selection of judges, which needs to be organized in a manner that only the experts who secured unanimous support from representatives of the public, the international partners, and lastly from the Ukrainian government bodies could become anticorruption judges. CPLR experts, Roman Kuybida and Mykola Khavroniuk, explained the crucial aspects could still be taken into account during the revisions of the draft law on anticorruption court

Full report based on the findings of the Trial Monitoring Programme in Ukraine, carried out in 2017 by the Centre of Policy and Legal Reform within “Safeguarding Human Rights through Courts” project of the OSCE Project Co-ordinator in Ukraine with the financial support of Global Affairs Canada. Available in Ukrainian only.

The constitutional changes related to the judicial system have been in force in Ukraine already for two years. They were aimed at strengthening the independence of judges and laid a good legal basis for this purpose, as well as for cleaning up of the judicial manpower. However, in practice, achieving these goals turns to be unsuccessful.

Ukraine has the lowest in Europe and one of the lowest in the world rate of people’s trust in judicial system. This conclusion was made by Gallup basing on the global opinion poll held in 123 countries in 2013. In Ukraine only 16% of the surveyed trusted the court system. But by the end of 2014 the trust level towards courts in Ukraine came down to 12%. Practically, Ukraine found itself at the bottom, and that calls on the country to take a path of fast and radical reforms

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