The first hearing on the case 'Ukraine against Russia' on the occupation of Crimea is scheduled for February 27, 2019; Hanna Yudkivska, the judge of the European Court of Human Rights said this as Eurointegration reported.
'As a rule, the procedure is the following: the court conducts communication with the governments of both countries. Then, the case is considered; these are the first hearings. Then, the court (we have a Grand Chamber for this purpose) makes the preliminary ruling on the matters of principle, whether there is a violation. We prepare the decision, and the Grand Chamber meets again at the second hearing, where the draft decision is considered. Then, the chamber conducts final voting,' she explained.
The break between the first and the second hearings on the cases the Grand Chamber considers already's been taking an entire year.
'We can expect that the decision on the Crimean case 'Ukraine against Russia' will be made in at least a year, given its acceptability and essence,' Yudkivska stressed.
Speaking of the compensation, this question will be postponed in compliance with the established practice, as the judge specified.
'In addition, as it was with the cases on Nagorno-Karabakh, the decision on the merits was made in 2015, and two years after that, the court decided on the compensation,' Yudkivska reiterated.