Poroshenko has signed one of the most important laws of the judicial reform in Ukraine

The President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko has signed the Law “On High Council of justice” during a meeting with Chairman of the Supreme Council of justice Igor Benedicam and Deputy head of the presidential administration Oleksiy Filatov. About it reports a press-service of the President of Ukraine.

The head of state noted that 2016 was the determining factor in decisive action for reform in the judicial system was approved and went into effect the constitutional changes in terms of justice, established a new body – the Supreme Council of justice (GRP).

“An organ that removes the political element in the judicial branch, removes the Verkhovna Rada of the mechanisms of appointment, granting of consent to prosecution and dismissal of judges”, – said Poroshenko.

The head of state stressed that the draft law “On High Council of justice” received a positive assessment of the Venice Commission, partners from the European Union and the United States.

“I believe that this decisive action to ensure key rights of Ukrainian citizens – the right to justice, right to fair court”, – he stressed.

The President added that the Supreme Council of justice is one of the key elements of judicial reform.

The head of state thanked the Parliament, which listened to his proposal, supported the law and approved it in those terms, which allow the Council to begin full operation in 2017.

Poroshenko also signed a law on amendments to the Budget code, which, in particular, settle the question of financing of this new body.

We will remind, the law was adopted by the Verkhovna Rada on 21 December 2016.

It is envisaged that the High Council of justice is composed of 21 members, 10 of which selects a Congress of judges, 2 appointed by the President, the Verkhovna Rada, the Congress of advocates, Ukrainian conference of prosecutors and the Congress of representatives of higher legal educational establishments and scientific institutions.

The head of the Supreme court of Ukraine is part of the Council’s position. According to the law, Council decisions can be appealed only in the Supreme court.