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Members of the Commission exchanged their experience regarding career of a judge with Canadian colleagues

Members of the Commission exchanged their experience regarding career of a judge with Canadian colleagues

On May 27, 2019, in the High Qualification Commission of Judges of Ukraine, with the assistance of the Ukrainian-Canadian Support to Judicial Reform Project, a working meeting was held with the Honorable Chief Justice of the Court of Appeal for British Columbia and the Court of Appeal of Yukon, Canada,  Robert Bauman and the Director on Legal and Educational Issues of the National Judicial Institute of Canada Mr. Donald Chiasson, Project Manager Ms. Oleksandra Baraniuk and Project Expert on Judicial Reform Ms. Valeria Kohan.

The purpose of the meeting was to exchange experience in the field of selection of judges in Canada and Ukraine.

Chief Justice Robert Bauman told the audience about the peculiarities of the appointment of federal judges in Canada. He noted that the appointment to the post of federal judge is carried out by the Governor-General on the basis of recommendations of the Federal Cabinet of Canada. However, the list of persons who meet the requirements for appointment to the position of a judge is formed on the basis of the evaluation of the Judicial Advisory Committee, which ensures the independence of this process. Such evaluation results are confidential and cannot be challenged by candidates.

In his report Chief Justice Robert Bauman stressed that the key factor that the Canadian judicial system belongs to the three least corrupted systems in the world is trust in each other and in justice as a whole.

Mr. Mykhailo Makarchuk, Secretary of the Chamber for selection and public service of judges of the Commission have told about the peculiarities of the selection of judges in Ukraine. He noted that this and other procedures in the field of career of judge in Ukraine are open to the public and broadcasted on the Commission YouTube channel. In addition, one of the stages of evaluation is testing moral and psychological qualities and general abilities of candidates. Also, Mr. Mykhailo Makarchuk thanked the guests for an interesting presentation and emphasized that the Commission is always ready to apply progressive foreign experience that does not contradict domestic legislation.

Canadian colleagues highly appreciated the results of the work of the Commission and marked the scale of competitive procedures held in Ukraine.

Members of the HQCJU expressed their gratitude to the Support to Judicial Reform Project for comprehensive assistance and hope to continue fruitful cooperation.

The High Qualification Commission of Judges of Ukraine at the event was represented by members of the Commission Mr. Volodymyr Butenko, Mr. Stepan Gladii, Ms. Anastasiia Zaritska, Mr. Taras Lukash, Mr. Pavlo Lutsiuk, Mr. Mykhailo Makarchuk, Mr. Mykola Mishyn, Mr. Sergii Prylypko, Ms. Tetiana Shylova, Mr. Yurii Titov; Commission inspectors and staff of the Commission's secretariat.

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Ukrainian-Canadian Support to Judicial Reform Project (SJRP) is funded by the Government of Canada through the Ministry of International Affairs. Its goal is to strengthen the independence of the judiciary in Ukraine. The Project Performer is the National Judicial Institute of Canada (NJI). The Project Partner is the Office of the Commissioner for Federal Judicial Affairs Canada.

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