The organizations which created the Public Integrity Council (PIC) support its requirements concerning the need to introduce changes to the process of qualification assessment of judges. We believe that it is only possible to bring the PIC back to the evaluation process if the High Qualification Commission of Judges follows a number of suggestions, namely:

  • suspend the qualification assessment process until controversial issues are resolved
  • cancel the Regulation on the Procedure and Methodology of Qualification Assessment, clause 46, paragraph 2, which will not allow to dismiss Maidan judges
  • cancel the changes to the HQCJ Regulation in the part concerning the requirements to conclusions and information provided by the Public Integrity Council
  • suspend the HQCJ members with a conflict of interest during the evaluation process or regulate the issue in a different way
  • ensure timely publication of judges’ profiles, including substantiated decisions based on the review of PIC’s conclusions and information, require publication of points received by the judge (candidate) by each member of the commission based on each compliance criterion of the qualification assessment and the name list of voting of the HQCJ members on the PIC conclusions in the Commission’s regulatory acts
  • establish joint criteria of integrity and rules of interaction and communication with the PIC. Namely, provide that the HQCJ delivers to the PIC a definitive list of judges who will undergo evaluation and the schedule no later than 30 days before the interview and does not interview the judge until the PIC submits the assessment result

We believe that only following these suggestions in their entirety will allow to ensure transparency and efficiency of evaluation of judges.

We urge judicial authorities to cooperate with civil society and expect them to engage in constructive dialogue and continue their movement towards openness and transparency.

CSO All-Ukrainian Union Automaidan

CSO Center UA

CSO Civic Lustration Committee

CSO Transparency International Ukraine

Center of Policy and Legal Reform

CSO All-Ukrainian Civil Platform New Country

Sumy Regional Youth CSO European Dimension 

CSO Center for Democracy and Rule of Law

Contact for media: Oleksandr Argat

Head of Communication Department

Transparency International Ukraine

Phone: + 38 093 844 24 81

E-mail: argat@ti-ukraine.org

Transparency International Ukraine is a national chapter of Transparency International, an anti-corruption NGO which operates in more than 100 countries. TI Ukraine’s mission is to limit the increase of corruption in Ukraine by promoting transparency, accountability, and integrity in both the public authorities and civil society. You can learn more about the organization’s activity on the website www.ti-ukraine.org