On June 1, the Supreme Council of Justice appointed all members of the new High Qualification Commission of Judges (HCJC), which was one of the tasks for Ukraine, which it received along with the status of a candidate for EU accession.
This was announced by the press service of the VSP.
Based on the results of interviews with 32 candidates recommended by the Competition Commission for the selection of candidates for the positions of members of the Supreme Council of Justice, the Supreme Council of Justice appointed 16 members of the Commission, eight of them from among judges and retired judges.
The communique states that unblocking the work of the Supreme Court of Appeals will allow the recruitment of judges for more than 2,000 vacant positions and complete the qualification evaluation of judges.
The DEJURE Foundation, an expert organization that specializes in monitoring judicial reform, welcomed the election of the new Supreme Court of Justice and called the event "an unequivocal victory", but also noted that there are not enough "agents of change" among the new members, in particular there is not a single representative of specialized non-governmental organizations.
In addition, among the members there were two judges about whose integrity public experts still have questions: Volodymyr Luhanskyi and Lyudmila Volkova.
"In any case, we will evaluate the new body based on the first results of its activity. In particular, their first decisions regarding the procedure for selecting and evaluating judges, including the formation of the Public Integrity Council, will be very revealing," DEJURE said in a statement.
Before that, the ambassadors of the "Group of Seven" called on Ukraine to ensure the transparent appointment of the members of the Central Committee and to appoint them as soon as possible.
The authority of the previous composition of the Supreme Court of Appeals was terminated on October 16, 2019 in connection with the adoption by the Verkhovna Rada of Law No. 193-IX "On Amendments to the Law of Ukraine "On the Judiciary and the Status of Judges" and some laws of Ukraine regarding the activities of judicial administration bodies."