Transparency International Ukraine presents the final report on the results of the second stage of monitoring the work of the High Anti-Corruption Court.

The High Anti-Corruption Court was established in Ukraine in 2019. It was created in response to the request of society to bring civil servants to justice for corruption crimes. 

TI Ukraine contributed to the launch of the HACC and immediately began to monitor its activities. A special methodology for assessing the work of the court was developed for this purpose. The first stage of monitoring lasted from July 6 to December 6, 2020. The results of the semi-annual comprehensive study can be found here.

The second stage of the monitoring lasted from April 1, 2021, to February 23, 2022. Its purpose was to analyze the jurisprudence of the HACC, the problems of interaction of the court with other entities of the criminal process and determine the growth areas of the institution. This report is final and includes a comparison of the indicators of the two stages of the monitoring. 

An assessment of the application of the civil forfeiture mechanism was provided, and the work of the High Anti-Corruption Court since the full-scale russian invasion was also evaluated.

Learn more about this in TI Ukraine’s final report.

General monitoring indicators

      Of the 773 hearings attended, 425 were held and the other 348 were postponed. Almost half of the postponed hearings are data that have worsened compared to the previous stage. At that time, 71% of all the hearings attended took place, and 29% was postponed. 

      The main reasons for the postponed hearings are the absence of defenders, a suspect, or an accused person, as well as the postponement of the hearing on the initiative of the court to another time without indicating information about it.

      Both during the first stage and the second stage, the most common criminal offense under consideration by the HACC was Article 191 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine. However, the percentage of this crime among the total number of cases has changed. If during the first stage of the project, proceedings under Article 191 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine accounted for 25% of all cases within monitoring, then during the second stage — 37%.  

      On average, the percentage of violations in the court of the first instance is small and accounts for 4%, in the appellate instance — 1%, and the generalized results of violations at the stage of pre-trial proceedings during the election of interim measures account for 4%. In the previous stage of the project, the percentage of general violations during the court proceedings was higher.

  • Among the procedural indicators, violations most often concerned the transfer of materials and documents to the court not through a court administrator: 52% of violations in court hearings of the first instance, 10% — of the appellate instance, and 12%  in court hearings, where the issue of an interim measure was decided.

The results of the final report show that the HACC has many positive trends in its work. In general, the court demonstrates courage in approaches to enforcement practices. It is important to maintain the developed low level of procedural and processual violations and improve the practice regarding the institute of civil forfeiture.