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 Rada to consider judiciary reform on Thursday

At the plenary session on Thursday, June 2, the Verkhovna Rada will consider the bill on judicial system and status of judges, introduced by President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko.

As reported by Censor.NET citing Ukrainski Novyny, this is stated in the parliamentary session's agenda.

The bill, among other things, is intended to abolish the High Specialized Court for Civil and Criminal Cases, the Supreme Economic Court, the Supreme Administrative Court. Instead, the Supreme Anti-Corruption Court, the Supreme Court on Intellectual Property, and local district courts will be set up.

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After the Revolution of Dignity, the Ukrainian authorities undertook to carry out radical changes in the country. The declared reforms included a judiciary reform. In particular, at the end of October 2015, the Constitutional Commission approved the final version of draft amendments to the Constitution in terms of justice.

On Jan. 28, 2016, the Rada forwarded the said draft amendments to the Constitutional Court. On Feb. 1, the draft amendments were recognized to be in line with the Constitution. On Feb. 2, the draft amendments to the Constitution in terms of justice passed the first reading in the parliament.

However, the amendments to the Constitution also require changes to other Ukrainian legal acts. To this end, on May 30, Poroshenko brought in a bill on judicial system and status of judges, which was registered on May 31. In order for changes to judicial system to become effective, the parliament must consider and adopt the said bill as well as pass the draft amendments to the Constitution in the second reading.

Poroshenko's bill significantly changes the structure of Ukraine's judicial system as well as the procedure for appointing, dismissal, and prosecution of judges.
 
 
 
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