The Verkhovna Rada has adopted in the first reading a draft law No. 6232 “On Amendments to the Commercial Procedure Code of Ukraine, the Civil Procedure Code of Ukraine, the Administrative Procedure Code of Ukraine and other legislative acts”. The bill was initiated by the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko. The document was supported by 253 MPs.
The document should facilitate normative settlement of procedural mechanisms to ensure the effective, just and timely protection of the rights and freedoms of a person in court. According to the Head of the Committee on Legal Policy and Justice Ruslan Knyazevich, the new Supreme Court will not be able to work without the adoption of this bill.
An important innovation proposed by the bill should be the use of information technologies in the implementation of justice – the introduction of an “electronic court”. In particular, the participants of the case will be able to participate in the court session via videoconferencing, and all materials will be stored electronically.
Among other changes, it is assumed that if the evidence in the case will be provided untimely, or hidden, they will not be taken by the court. It is also suggested that in case that a person submits to the court invalid or falsified evidence – it will be considered as a separate offense and will be accompanied by a punishment.
Also, the new bill provides for the consideration of court cases within the reasonable timeframes.
Under the new draft law, the Supreme Court will be able to act as a member of a board, composed of three or more odd numbers of judges, the Chamber, the Joint Chamber of the relevant Cassation Court, the Grand Chamber of the Supreme Court.
Also, in the Administrative Procedure Code, it is proposed to provide for the possibility of a case-law, when the court decisions to be adopted according to the earlier considered similar cases.
It is planned that the revised draft law will be adopted the next session week.
Source: Ukrayinska Pravda