” Law and Business” reports: The Supreme Anti-Corruption Court has not worked for a
month, and the judges are already complaining about a heavy workload. The judge-speaker
of The Supreme Anti-Corruption Court – Vera Mikhailenko told about how the work is carried
out in the institution during a discussion of the results of the anti-corruption reform.
She informed that the response to the applications of detectives and prosecutors is often a refusal, but the way how they executing the paperwork is on high level. Under the Code of Criminal Procedure, investigating judges have the right to authorize everything except searches.
So far, we can conclude that the Supreme Anti-Corruption Court and the National Anti-Corruption Bureau have found a common ground. So, the director of National Anti-Corruption Bureau – Artem Sytnik recalled a case where earlier investigators could not find a judge whose last name was on the duty schedule in order to obtain the necessary permission for an investigative action. Then the judges simply shied away from their responsibilities.
Mikhailenko said: Supreme Anti-Corruption Court has already introduced a duty on weekends and holidays, so there will be no problems with finding them.
However, investigative judges generally work in closed sessions. The speaker-judge noted that if the petition concerns conducting covert investigative actions, everything happens in complete secrecy, therefore, only 1% of the entire work of the institution is visible.
Also, the judges receive many mails from activists, who are worried about prosecuting ardent corrupt officials. However, legalists are guided only by the principle of justice and consider the use of double standards unacceptable. So, if society can be all clear with one or another bribe-taker, then the law does not always allow you to put it behind bars.
In addition, double standards may also appear in cases where the public does not believe in the guilt of the suspect or accused. Then, probably, the court will be blamed for the fact that it is acting unfairly.
One way or another, there are many people who want to watch the first serious trial in court, which, most likely, is just around the corner,. And all production will definitely be like under a microscope, because everyone has been waiting for too long for more decisive action on the front of the fight against corruption .