The High Council of Justice (HCJ) is a collective,independent judicial self-government body of state poweroperating on a permanent basis in Ukraine. The HCJ’sactivity is focused on ensuring the judicial independence, functioning of the judiciary on principles of responsibility and accountability to society, establishing of an integrity-basedand highly professional judicial corps, as well as observance of the Constitution and laws of Ukraine, including professional ethics in the activities of judges and prosecutors.

As part of cooperation with the HCJ, the USAID New Justice Program contributes to the development, discussion and introduction of constitutional, legislative and regulatory changes with the view of strengthening judicial independence in compliance with the international standards. The Program also provides support to improve the HCJ’s disciplinary practice with due consideration of and bringing in line with the international expertise and best practice.