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RPR demands that the constitutional amendments on justice shall be adopted simultaneously with an effective mechanism of their implementation which should meet public expectations

On June 2, 2016, the Verkhovna Rada plans to consider the amendments to the Constitution on justice simultaneously with the new version of the law “On the Judiciary and the Status of Judges.”

On May 30, the President submitted to the parliament a new version of the draft law “On the Judiciary and the Status of Judges” No. 4734 (hereinafter – draft law No. 4734). Unfortunately, this draft law does not meet the expectations of the public as to the conduct of a complex judicial reform, recruitment of new judges, and ensuring of judges’ independence.

Key drawbacks of the draft law:

If the drawbacks are not corrected, the negative situation in the judicial system will not change, while political authorities will continue to manipulate the judges with the help of the heads of courts.

In addition, if amendments to the law on the High Council of Justice are not prepared and introduced on time, no judge could be brought to disciplinary responsibility, including dismissal, once the amendments to the Constitution and the new law on the judiciary come into force.

The RPR experts have already stressed that despite certain drawbacks, the amendments to the Constitution might give a boost to a full-fledged judicial reform. However, these amendments should be supported with a package of implementation laws adopted simultaneously with the amendments to the Constitution that would provide for:

We would also like to draw your attention to the lack of implementation laws that regulate the issues of the Bar, access to the legal profession, competitive selection of the Prosecutor General and the judges of the Constitutional Court, changes in the Constitutional Court’s powers, including the procedure of considering constitutional complaints.

Therefore, we do not support the idea of adopting the amendments to the Constitution and the law on the judiciary and the status of judges as a whole on June 2, 2016.

We call on the MPs of Ukraine:

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