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Chairman of the Commission participated in 2016 OSCE Human Dimensions Seminar “Promoting effective and integral justice systems: how to ensure the independence and quality of the judiciary”

Chairman of the Commission participated in 2016 OSCE Human Dimensions Seminar “Promoting effective and integral justice systems: how to ensure the independence and quality of the judiciary”

On 21-23 November this year 2016 OSCE Human Dimensions Seminar “Promoting effective and integral justice systems: how to ensure the independence and quality of the judiciary" was held in Warsaw, Poland.

Mr. Sergii Koziakov, Commission Chairman was representing the High Qualification Commission of Judges of Ukraine at the event.

In his report Mr. Koziakov informed the participants about progress of judicial reform in Ukraine in lights of constitutional amendments regarding justice and new Law of Ukraine “On the Judiciary and the Status of Judges.” In particular, the Chairman of the Commission told the event participants about general changes in the judicial system of Ukraine in result of implementing the second phase of judicial reform and in some more details told about new powers of the Commission after these legislative amendments become effective.

With regard to new powers, Mr. Koziakov informed the participants about results of the preparatory process to the competition to the new Supreme Court. He also told in details about steps that the candidates must make while taking part in the respective competition.

Special attention was also paid by the Commission Chairman to the establishment process of the Public Council of Integrity, another novation under the constitutional amendments. Mr. Koziakov marked the critical role of the newly created body, noting that the main objective of the Public Council of Integrity is to support the Commission in checking the judicial candidates for consistency criteria of professional ethics and integrity for the purposes of qualification assessment.

This year seminar was organized to explore and discuss current issues and trends regarding judicial independence, integrity, quality and accountability and served as a platform to exchange good practices from across the OSCE region. It also became an opportunity for the OSCE member states to discuss the most pressing issues that often can arise during implementation of judicial reform and to preserve the balance between the judge and his/her accountability in the administration of justice.

Such discussions have to be laid down into recommendations for the future work of the OSCE in this area, in particular, the provision of the necessary support of the Organization for the successful realization of judicial reform by OSCE Member States.

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