Zelensky created the Legal Reform Commission

Дата: 08 August 2019
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The President of Ukraine Mr Volodymyr Zelensky has approved the composition of the Legal Policy Commission. It included dishonest and compromised judges.
The relevant decree was published on the President’s website.
The Commission is a goal to further improve the legal system of Ukraine. Its members will develop and approve agreed proposals for amendments to the Constitution, legislation on the organization of the judiciary, the justice enforcement and the status of judges.

The commission will look into criminal liability and criminal procedural legislation, the development of legal education as well and the reform of law enforcement. Besides, it will create the conditions for the reintegration of the temporarily occupied territories and its population into the legal field of Ukraine.

According to the decree, the Commission is formed of experts in the field of law with high qualification and considerable experience. It consists of leading scientists, representatives of international organizations and all-Ukrainian public associations, whose activities are aimed at protecting human rights and fundamental freedoms. Participation in the work of the Commission is public and free of charge.
A member of the Public Integrity Council (PIC), Mr Roman Maselko, that participated in hiring Ukraine’s Supreme Court, criticises several Commission candidates. According to him, PIC acknowledged as dishonest 5 out of 12 judge-members of the Commission in 2018. There remain other three candidates whose income gains are suspicious.
Mr Maselko is assured, the President ought to avoid including in the Commission: 
– members of High Council of Justice Mr Mykhaylo Isakov, Mrs Svitlana Shelest; 
– members of the High Qualification Commission of Judges of Ukraine Mr Andrii Vasylenko, Oleksandr Drozdov, Anatolii Martsynkevych
– judges of Supreme Court Mr Bohdan Lvov, Stanislav Kravchenko, Borys Hulko, Mykhaylo Smokovych, Mrs Natalia Blazhivska
– the Council of Judges’ head Mr Bohdan Monich, Vadym Butenko,  
– judge of Commercial Court of Kyiv Roman Boiko
– lawyers Artem Stoianov and Anna Ohrenchuk
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