Judicial reform: G7 ambassadors urge judges to step up candidate selection for Ethics Council

Source : 112 Ukraine

In addition, the Great 7 ambassadors of draw attention to the bill on the Constitutional Court of Ukraine
22:09, 23 September 2021

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The G7 ambassadors expressed concern about the judicial reform process in Ukraine, called for the nomination of experts to the High Council of Justice Ethics Council, and drew attention to a bill to improve the procedure of the Constitutional Court of Ukraine. This was stated on G7 ambassadors' Twitter.

"G7 Ambassadors continue to follow closely the process of Ukrainian judicial reform with concern. They note with disappointment the Council of Judges’ timetable for selecting candidates for the High Council of Justice Ethics Council after international partners nominated theirs. The proposed timetable does not reflect the importance and urgency of this reform. Ambassadors continue to call on the Council of Judges and all Ukrainian partners to ensure the swift nomination of Прапор України experts to the HCJ Ethics Council," the message states.

In addition, the ambassadors are further concerned by draft law 4533. Constitutional Court reform should ensure the transparent, competitive selection of new CCU judges & the safeguard of a temporary increase in voting requirements, in line with Venice Commission recommendations.

Related: President of Council of Europe reminded Ukraine of judicial reform and fight against corruption

Earlier, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky convened a meeting with the participation of the Chairman of the Council of Judges, the Chairman of the Supreme Court, representatives of the Parliament, and ambassadors of the G7 countries. The reason for this was that the Council of Judges of Ukraine had to delegate three representatives to the Ethics Council, but at Monday's meeting, the Council of Judges was unable to delegate its representatives.

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

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