of Ministers approves the concept of judicial reform, so that Ukrainian courts finally
become independent and administer justice not in the name of US dollar but in
the name of Ukraine", Prime Minister of Ukraine Arseniy
Yatsenyuk emphasised at a
government meeting on Wednesday, 21 October.
problem that exists today in Ukraine in terms of protecting the rights and
freedoms of a man and citizen - is the courts," the Prime Minister
proposed by the Government and supported by the President, lies in the need for
a complete reset of all the courts, the Prime Minister stressed: "This
means that Ukraine should hire new judges on the same principle as the new
National Police of Ukraine has been established."
"The first element
of the judicial reform is the rebooting of the judiciary, election of new
judges on independent and transparent competition, as well as the formation of
new Ukrainian courts," stressed Arseniy Yatsenyuk.
element of judicial reform, according to him, - is the formation of "solely
a three-level judicial system," which consists of local courts, appeal
courts and the highest court in the country under the Constitution - the
Supreme Court of Ukraine.
Minister has noted that the lion's share of cases must be solved in the local
courts to prevent people "from expecting for decades a final decision of
the court in order to defend themselves and their rights."
Minister has underlined that today the authorities that elect and monitor the
judges are not deprived of political influence: "The third element of our
judicial reform envisages a complete deprivation of political influence both
the High Council of Justice and other bodies that exercise control over the
judiciary, election and appointment of the courts."
A governmental draft of judicial reform also
provides that the structure and system of courts shall be determined solely by
the laws of Ukraine.
that the President, Parliament and Government are united in achieving an
independent judiciary that will protect the interests of citizens and businesses
and will provide a fair trial according to the law," the Prime Minister
"We have no
time for this. The
faster will be conducted the corresponding constitutional changes, the sooner
Ukraine will settle one of the key problems of corruption - corruption in the
judiciary," Arseniy Yatsenyuk