Ukraine’s Constitutional Court finds Zelensky's judicial reform partly unconstitutional

Source : 112 Ukraine

The court annulled the provision for halving the number of judges of the Supreme Court
09:21, 12 March 2020

Constitutional Court of Ukraine

The Constitutional Court of Ukraine (CCU) declared the judicial reform of the authorship of President Volodymyr Zelensky partially unconstitutional. This was reported on the website of the CCU.

"According to the results of the review of the disputed provisions, the Constitutional Court of Ukraine found them not in conformity with the Constitution of Ukraine,” the message reads.

Thus, the Constitutional Court abolished the provision for halving the number of judges of the Supreme Court (from 200 up to 100 people).

Related: Venice Commission recommends to abolish Zelensky’s judicial reform

It is worth noting that the law on judicial reform came into effect on November 7, 2019. The law provided the downsizing of the Supreme Court from 200 up to 100 people and reduction of base salary from 75 up to 55 subsistence minimum for able-bodied persons.

As we reported earlier, the experts of the Venice Commission were concerned about Zelensky's decision to decrease the number of judges of the Supreme Court.

The reduction of the number of judges will trigger an even higher backlog of cases and jeopardize the functioning of the Supreme Court. Due to its current heavy caseload (some 70.000 cases), the Supreme Court will not be able to provide properly reasoned judgments within a reasonable time, contrary to Article 6 ECHR,” the conclusion said. 

Related: Zelensky’s judicial reform: Parliament downsizes Supreme Court

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