The USAID New Justice Program conducted its monthly Rule of Law Donors and Implementers Meeting, during which the participants discussed the work of the High Council of Justice (HCJ) related to disciplinary practice regarding judges and prosecutors.
The HCJ is an important partner of USAID in introducing qualitative and sustainable changes in the Ukrainian judicial system. Special attention in this cooperation is paid to the improvement of disciplinary practice regarding judges with observing the principles of judicial independence and ensuring the fair consideration of disciplinary matters. As this contributes to the improvement of the quality of the judges’ corps and, ultimately, strengthens public confidence in the judiciary.
During the meeting, Vadym Belianevych, HCJ Deputy Chair, talked about the most common types of judicial misconduct, including the illegal denial of access to justice for citizens and violations of ethical standards by judges. In his turn, Andrii Boiko, Member of the HCJ, emphasized the importance of the development of the Judicial Inspector Service in terms of their greater institutional autonomy and procedural independence in order to ensure the sustainability of disciplinary practices. During the study visits to Romania and Portugal organized under the auspices of the USAID New Justice Program, the Ukrainian delegation, composed of HCJ representatives, learned the experience of these countries in providing sustainable discipline with the help of the Judicial Inspector Service and found it worth borrowing. At the end of the meeting, the HCJ representatives expressed thanks to USAID New Justice Program for fruitful cooperation in the formation of a consistent and unified disciplinary practice regarding judges in Ukraine.