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LAW ON THE JUDICIARY AND THE STATUS OF JUDGES OF UKRAINE

15 Nov 2010 11:58 AM | Myroslaw Smorodsky (Administrator)

LAW ON THE JUDICIARY

AND THE STATUS OF JUDGES OF UKRAINE

Comments by Bohdan A. Futey*

October 14, 2010

I.                 Background
Ukraine adopted its Constitution on June 28, 1996.  This document exclusively tasks the court system with the administration of justice, according to Article 124, and judicial proceedings are to be held before the Constitutional Court of Ukraine and the courts of general jurisdiction.  Under Article 125, the Supreme Court of Ukraine is the highest judicial body for courts of general jurisdiction, while the “respective high courts are the highest judicial bodies of specialised courts.”  Elsewhere in the Constitution, Article 126 sets nine different events that allow the removal of a judge, and that article also guarantees the independence and immunity of judges.  The people participate directly in the administration of justice as jurors and people’s assessors.

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