Stefanchuk explains President's comprehensive approach to judicial reform: rethinking legal education and judiciary
Justice system reform in Ukraine is planned to be completed in 2023.
First Deputy Chairperson of The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Ruslan Stefanchuk announced this on the air of the Dom TV channel.
He noted that during the 30 years of Ukraine's independence, it hadn't been possible to build a system of justice that would ensure the trust of citizens.
"We've carefully investigated all previous mistakes. And the approach demonstrated by the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyi is conceptually different from what we had in the past," Stefanchuk said.
The new vision of the reform is characterized by a comprehensive approach, which covers not only the institution of judges.
"We're developing not one concept, but several at once. Besides the concept of judicial reform, we're developing the concept of systematization of Ukrainian legislation and the concept of systematization and rethinking of Ukrainian legal education. Only as a whole can we achieve results… We must "clean up" our legislation from outdated norms, introduce new rules of law-making in Ukraine, and also make legal monitoring: whether a certain normative legal act has reached the purpose," the first deputy chairperson of the Verkhovna Rada is certain.
Stefanchuk said that all directions would go in parallel. For example, the reform of the judiciary begins with restarting the most important institutions, such as the High Qualifications Commission of Judges and the High Council of Justice.
Regarding legal education, they plan to develop clear rules for training highly qualified lawyers in Ukraine, and rules for further specialized training as judges, and most importantly, rules for prosecution.