Parliament approves judicial reform

Parliament approves judicial reform

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Ukrainian MPs have adopted as a whole a presidential bill introducing amendments to the Economic Procedure Code, the Civil Procedure Code, the Code of Administrative Proceedings and other legislative acts, which form a judicial reform package.

The respective decision was supported by 234 parliamentarians, an Ukrinform correspondent reports. 

Bill No. 6232 was considered for seven plenary days, since 4383 amendments were submitted.

The document foresees the creation of a single judicial information and telecommunication system, which provides for the exchange of documents (sending and receiving documents) in electronic form between courts, between the court and participants in the trial, between the participants in the trial, as well as the recording of the trial and the participation of participants in the trial in a court meeting in a videoconference.

Claims and other applications, complaints and other statutory procedural documents that are submitted to the courts and may be subject to judicial review are subject to mandatory registration in the single system on the day of receipt.

"The persons who registered official electronic addresses in the single judicial information and telecommunication system get any documents from the court in cases in which such persons participate, exclusively in electronic form, by sending them to the official electronic addresses of such persons, which does not deprive them of the right to receive a copy of a court decision in paper form on a separate application," reads the document.

Persons who registered official electronic addresses in the single system may file procedural and other documents and perform other procedural actions in electronic form solely with the help of this system, using their own electronic digital signature.

The mentioned system functions in the courts, the High Council of Justice, the High Qualifications Commission of Judges of Ukraine, the State Judicial Administration of Ukraine, and their bodies and departments. It determines a judge or panel of judges for consideration of a particular case, in accordance with the procedure envisaged by the codes (automated division of cases).

"The single judicial information and telecommunication system begins to function 90 days after the publication by the State Judicial Administration of Ukraine in the Holos Ukrainy newspaper and on the web portal of the judiciary of a report on the creation and functioning of the single judicial information and telecommunication system," the document reads. 

The consideration of a case in a closed court session is conducted in cases where an open trial may result from the disclosure of secret or other information protected by law, the need to protect personal and family life of a person, as well as in other cases established by law.

The law stipulates that the High Court on Intellectual Property begins its work from the day following the day of the publication by the head of the High Court on Intellectual Property in the Holos Ukrainy newspaper of a report on the commencement of work of the High Court on Intellectual Property.

According to the law, a court of cassation is the Supreme Court, which will consider cases in a panel of three or more odd number of judges.

On September 7, MPs started considering draft law No. 6232, which envisages amendments to the Economic Procedure Code, Civil Procedure Codes, the Code of Administrative Proceedings and other legislative acts.

Earlier, Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada Committee on Legal Policy and Justice Ruslan Kniazevych said that the new Supreme Court would not be able to work without the adoption of this bill.

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