People's Deputies take a step towards restarting judicial reform: how the HQCJ will be formed
The Verkhovna Rada has taken a step towards restarting judicial reform.
The People's Deputies supported the relevant draft law №3711-d as a basis in the second reading.
The law prescribes the procedure for forming the Higher Qualification Commission of Judges. It is proposed that the competition commission on integrity issues include:
- three of the judges or retired judges nominated by the Council of Judges,
- three persons nominated by the Council of Prosecutors, the Council of Advocates, and the National Academy of Legal Sciences, respectively, represented by the Presidium.
They establish the HQCJ comprises sixteen members appointed by the High Council of Justice based on the results of a competition for a term of four years.
Clear deadlines for submitting proposals for candidates to the Competition Commission on Integrity, its formation, the requirements for candidates to the commission, the rights and responsibilities of its members are determined.
The document prescribes the procedure for holding the competition and appointment to the position of a member of the HQCJ.
A general rule is established for determining the number of judges in a court, according to which this function is entrusted to the High Council of Justice after receiving advisory opinions from the State Judicial Administration and the Plenum of the Supreme Court (for determining the number of Supreme Court judges).
The total number of judges of the Supreme Court should not exceed two hundred.