Supreme Court asks Zelensky to veto law on bodies of judicial self-administration

Source : 112 Ukraine

According to the plenary, the comments and cautions were not considered during the adoption of the draft law in general
16:45, 25 October 2019

The Supreme Court of Ukraine

The Supreme Court of Ukraine appeals to President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky with the request to veto the law #1008 adopted by the parliament on the amendment of some Ukrainian law on the activity of bodies of judicial self-administration judicial self-government as the court reported.

“The Supreme Court appeals to the President of Ukraine with the request to use the right on veto provided by the Constitution of Ukraine toward the law “On amendment of law of Ukraine “On judicial system and status of judges” and some laws of Ukraine toward the activity of the bodies of judicial self-government adopted by the Verkhovna Rada,” the message said.

The appeal underlines that “the law forms the potential threats of independence of all judges and its adoption will lead to the real infringement of their independence and it will have the negative influence on the action of the supremacy of law as the inherent component of the rule of law”.

“We underline the danger of some norms of the mentioned law not because we want the stagnation. We want development and changes. But such changes, which would bring the positive results of the judicial system for citizens and the state,” Valentyna Dashevska, the Head of the Supreme Court noted.

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She reminded that in September the plenary of the Supreme Court outlined the number of offers and comments to then draft law 1008.

“We have not heard another opinion from the international organization, except the hasty adoption of the amendments to the law…doubts the reliability of Ukraine as the partner of the key European institutes,” Dashevska underlined.

According to her, the comments and cautions were not considered during the adoption of the draft law in general.

As it was reported, on September 11, a number of provisions of the bill №1008 proposed by Volodymyr Zelensky were severely criticized by Deputy Head of the European Union Delegation to Ukraine Annika Weidemann and Canadian Ambassador Roman Vashchuk. Diplomats noted that the reduction of the number of judges of the Supreme Court is groundless, and the extension of lustration to members of the High qualification commission of judges of Ukraine is generally meaningless and ineffective. According to the ambassadors, the bill №1032 "On Amendments to Some Laws of Ukraine on Priority Measures for the Reform of the Prosecution Bodies" also needs serious revision.   

On October 16, the Verkhovna Rada adopted the presidential bill #1008 on the activity of the bodies of the judicial self-administration.


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