The Verkhovna Rada’s newspaper “Holos Ukrainy” published the law on the High Council of Justice (HCJ). It had been signed by the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko the day before. The newly established body should remove the political component from the judicial system, the President said.
HCJ can dismiss judges, submit candidates for appointment to the President, attract judges to disciplinary responsibility and deprive them of immunity. Moreover, HCJ will monitor issues on transfer of judges, their leaves and quantitative composition of courts. Meanwhile, the body can appoint and dismiss the head of the State Judicial Administration and his/her deputies, administrators of the Judicial Protection Service.
HCJ will consist of 21 members. 10 judges will be elected by the Congress of Judges of Ukraine, two of them will be appointed by the President of Ukraine, another two will be elected by the Verkhovna Rada, two more – by the congress of lawyers, two more – by the Ukrainian conference of prosecutors and two more – by the congress of representatives of law educational and scientific institutions. The Chairman of the Supreme Court is a member of the HCJ by virtue of his position.
HCJ members will be elected for four years. The same person can not be a member of the High Council of Justice two terms in a row.
It should be recalled, that the law was adopted by the Verkhovna Rada on Dec. 21, 2016. Creation of the High Council of Justice is one of the important components of judicial reform.
Source: Holos Ukrayiny