CEPEJ states 'unprecedented transparency' of judicial reform in Ukraine

Source : 112 Ukraine

Checks for decency are broadcasted live, which is an extremely sensitive matter, but still, quite an interesting idea, - Georg Stawa, the CEPEJ President
21:23, 11 December 2018

The European Commission for the efficiency of Justice (CEPEJ) stated an unprecedented level of transparency of the judicial reform in Ukraine. Georg Stawa, the CEPEJ President said this in his interview with Livyi Bereh outlet.

'No country except yours shows the entire procedure [of the judicial reform] publicly. In Ukraine, they broadcast the sessions online, including the sessions with checks for decency. It's the most sensitive part [of the selection of judges, but it's quite an interesting idea', Stawa said.

According to him, such openness creates the opportunity for the judicial power to react to certain problems - in case of the negative feedback from the community. That is, the criticism is widely viewed and discussed by the professionals.

However, the excessive transparency may pose a threat, too, the expert says. 'One cannot leave the private rights of the judges aside since the interviews include the matters of personal life. This transparency needs to be limited', Stawa said. 

If Ukraine aspires for decency and transparency [of the judicial system], you need to teach your judges. Perhaps, the next generations will inherit the new experience', the CEPEJ President concluded. 

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