News Politics Society, 29/07/2017

Kharkivites in the New Supreme Court

Six of the 56 candidates to the Supreme Court of Ukraine from the Kharkiv region are among the winners of the contest. The final rating was published on the website of High Qualification Commission of Judges of Ukraine (HQCJ).

The largest number of Kharkivites is considered to be sitting in the Administrative Cassation Court – first among the candidates was professor of Yaroslav Mudryi National Law University Vitalii Yurkevych, the third was the well-known sniper-judge Oleksandr Mamalui, and the ninth was a professor of Karazin Kharkiv National University and head of the law firm Olena Kibenko.

Two Kharkivites are eligible to sit on criminal trials – current judge of the Regional Court of Appeal Oleksandr Yemets attained 23rd in the ranking, and Leonid Loboiko from the Research Institute of Crime is 30th in the rating.

Vasylii Krat likely to be assigned to the Civil Cassation Court. He is an associate professor of Yaroslav Mudryi National Law University, who was ranked 18th out of 98 candidates.

“This is the best composition of the Supreme Court over the past 25 years. Among the winners of the contest, we can see professors and teachers of higher educational institutions, a volunteer judge who defended Donetsk airport, human rights defenders with experience in the European Court of Human Rights and lawyers who received education in leading international universities. In Portugal, a quota of 10% is provided for the category of “non-judges” in the Supreme Court. We will exceed this figure by 2.5 times”, said the head of the HQCJ Serhii Koziakov.

The rating was formed for 319 out of 381 candidates, who were invited to interviews. 53 candidates couldn’t prove they could meet the criteria to become judges in the Supreme Court. Another 9 made statements regarding the termination of participation in the selection process.

Reference: The High Qualification Commission of Judges of Ukraine announced 120 successful applicants in the contest for the position of judges for the new Supreme Court. Currently, the Court consists of 48 members divided into several judicial chambers (on criminal, civil, administrative, and arbitration (commercial) cases). Appointments to the Court are made by the Ukrainian parliament.

Text: Iryna Klymenko