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 NABU to screen candidates for Supreme Court judges, agency head says

National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU) joins the selection of the new judges of the Supreme Court of Ukraine. The agency will check the candidates for corruption.

On Nov. 9, NABU Director Artem Sytnyk and Chairman of the Higher Qualification Commission of Judges Serhii Koziakov reached such an agreement as they were discussing cooperation in this field, Censor.NET reports citing the NABU press service.

"NABU as a law enforcement agency, which also functions as a think-tank, will be actively involved in staffing Ukraine's Supreme Court. We have signed a memorandum with the Higher Qualification Commission of Judges so we will use our potential to scrutinize the candidates and prevent corrupt persons from penetrating the new judicial power," Artem Sytnyk said.

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As reported, the Higher Qualification Commission of Judges announced 120 vacancies of judges in the reshaped Supreme Court of Ukraine Nov. 7. They include 30 positions in the Administrative Court of Appeal, 30 - in the Criminal Court of Appeal, 30 - in the Court of Appeal, and 30 - in the Civil Court of Appeal.

The amendments to the Constitution in terms of justice, which entered into force Sept. 30, 2016, stipulate that the re-established Supreme Court consisting of not more than 200 judges should become the High Court of Ukraine. On the other hand the Higher Economic Court, the Higher Administrative Court, and Superior Specialized Civil and Criminal Court will be abolished.

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