Zelensky claims reform of Constitutional Court needed "to restore public trust from zero"

Source : 112 Ukraine

"This authority became the symbol of mistrust", said the head of the Ukrainian state
15:53, 1 March 2021

President Volodymyr Zelensky

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky claimed that there's a need to reform Constitutonal Court so as to restore public trust. He said so during the session of Ukraine 30 forum.

"This authority became the symbol of mistrust. Today, it's not about restoration, it's about building it from ground zero", Zelensky said. 

The head of the state believes that the Constitutional Court's format is "about transparent selection of judges, ethics, clear procedures and the order of making decisions". The reform of the Court is a "burning issue", he said.

Zelensky added that the Committee for Judiciary Reform was created so as to look into these issues. 

Earlier, the President claimed he wanted to create court in smartphone; it was supposed to cut the duration of the trial and to minimize corruption. 

Related: Zelensky dismisses head of Constitutional Court Oleksandr Tupytsky

In October 2020, the Constitutional Court of Ukraine recognized that Article 366-1 of Criminal Procedure Code (responsibility for lying in the e-declaration) was not in line with the Constitution of Ukraine. The access to e-declarations was closed. Later, the Cabinet ordered to re-open the access.

In turnm, President Zelensky submitted the law for the Parliament's consideration; he offered to fire all judges involved in the making of that decision. Even Head of the Court Oleksandr Tupytsky was removed from his office. The court representatives claim that the presidential decree issued in December 2020 was null and void, since Zelensky "abused his authority".

Related: Zelensky signs law on sanctions against 10 ex-senior officers of Ukraine who ‘betrayed country’

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