High Qualification Commission Summarized Initial Results of Judicial Qualification Evaluation
On June 7, 2018, the High Qualification Commission of Judges summarized preliminary results of previously ordered qualification evaluations. According to the Commission’s data as of June 7, 2018, evaluations were completed for 868 judges who were subject to evaluation. Out of these, 709 judges were found in compliance with requirements of their occupied positions and are continuing to hold judicial offices. The remaining 159 judges are subject to removal or have already been removed, including:
- 68 judges removed upon their own request during the evaluation procedure;
- 91 judges failed to confirm compliance with position requirements, including: 65 judges who failed the examinations and 26 judges who failed the interviews with Commission members.
It should be noted that the Commission only launched the interview stage of the evaluation process in the second half of March 2018. Taking into account the number of judges whose qualification evaluations have already been completed, one can conclude that the Commission is conducting the interviews too quickly, which has a negative impact on the thoroughness of judicial vetting.