President of Ukraine

14 July 2021 - 16:54

The adoption by the Verkhovna Rada of the law, which provides for the reset of the High Council of Justice (Bill № 5068), will launch a real judicial reform in Ukraine.

The document initiated by President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy envisages concrete steps to ensure the independence of the judiciary, namely the reboot of one of the main bodies of judicial governance, the High Council of Justice, which is responsible for selecting and dismissing judges.

In his election program, Volodymyr Zelenskyy stressed the need for changes in the judiciary and promised judicial reform.

"This is without exaggeration a historic event for Ukraine. During the entire period of independence of our state, no government has carried out a real judicial reform giving nothing but promises. My goal is to restore trust and respect for the court. The servants of Themis will cease to be servants of the President, government, parliament or local authorities," the President said.

The implementation of judicial reform in Ukraine took into account the recommendations of experts from the Venice Commission who provided their opinion on the bill.

The Head of State stressed that justice is one of the basic values of Ukrainians, but it cannot be ensured without an independent judiciary. In addition, domestic and foreign investors need a fair trial. The vote for the reform of the High Council of Justice laid the necessary foundation for effective changes in the judiciary.