Qualification Evaluation of Judges under New Procedures Launched

On October 30, 2017, the High Qualification Commission of Judges of Ukraine launched ( the evaluation of a group of 999 judges, under the new procedure envisioned by the Law “On the Judiciary and Status of Judges” of June 2, 2016.

The new evaluation differs in a number of ways from the evaluation provided for by the Law “On Ensuring the Right to A Fair Trial”. In particular, negative outcomes of this evaluation result in a judge’s removal from office, whereas the prior law envisioned sending a judge for training at the National School of Judges. In addition, the law had significantly narrowed the grounds for appealing the Commission’s decisions finding a judge incapable of administering justice in a given court, as well as tied a judge’s remuneration to the outcomes of his/her qualification evaluation.

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