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 New law on judiciary and status of judges signed by President Poroshenko

President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko has signed the Law of Ukraine “On judiciary and status of judges.” The bill’s task is to implement new constitutional principles of delivery of justice with the purpose of securing independence and de-politicization of judicial power, strengthening its responsibility to the public, increasing of the public’s role in control over decency and ethical conduct of judges, and optimization of the judiciary system.

As reported by Censor.NET, this was announced by the presidential press office.

The law stipulates for transition to a three-level judicial system and creation of a new Supreme Court, comprising a Grand Chamber and four cassational courts, the press service notes.

Judges will be appointed exclusively upon results of public contest, with qualifications assessment being part of it. Both acting judges and candidates with at least 10-year experience of scholarly work in legal sector or advocacy will be eligible to apply.

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The law provides for new grounds for dismissal of judges - non-confirmation of legal sources of origin for property and income. The law describes a number of new mechanisms for prevention of corruption in the judicial system: full monitoring of a judge's lifestyle, responsibility to file declarations of honesty, relationships, etc.

The law has taken into account all key recommendations of the Venice Commission on judiciary and status of judges.

 
 
 
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