Candidates to the HACC should be possessed of a considerable strength of character to withstand the pressure.
The competition for posts in the newly created institution ended on September 14. The High Qualifications Commission of Judges will wait for a few more days until the questionnaires sent by mail arrive. There was no extraordinary boom around the selection, but the court should be established, in spite of nothing. Experts have figured out why lawyers were not engaged.
Profile for a show
The participants of the selection to the Supreme Court expected to submit documents to the HQCJ, but instead got in the reality show. They had to bring all personal data to the public.
However, because of this, those who won a place in higher courts were confronted with the fact that the information was used against them. There were occasions when massages of threats came to the phone numbers of judges, which they honestly indicated in the questionnaires.
The SC judge Ganna Vronska told About all the sharp corners of the competition on the expert discussion “Competition to the High Anti-Corruption Court. Quo vadis”. Together with other candidates, she performed all the test tasks in one day. Both the practical part and the decision were written by hand. It seems that in the competition for positions at the High Anti-Corruption Court, nothing will change.
And in relation to forced publicity, G. Vronskaya noted that this approach should ensure the trust of society. However, this level of openness was not enough for the public. The judges suggested publishing the results of the practical tasks and the psychological tests. Since the disclosure of the first she agreed, but she considers the results of her psychodiagnosis a dangerous tool that someone can use against her.
However, despite the impending challenges and the severity of the selection, G. Vronsky called on all those who have doubts as to the submitting documents to take a decision on this important step for the state.
Lost 2 years
That is how much, according to the director of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau Artem Sitnik, should already be considered corruption cases. After all, the general courts cannot cope with the task.
In particular, the Solomyansky district court in Kyiv has already faced a well-known figure in the equally famous case, for which half of the parliament stood up. And to say that the “support group” pressed against the judge, would be an understatement. For lawyers, who should fight corruption, it is necessary to have a strong will, A.Sitnik noted. Perhaps this is precisely why lawyers are not in a hurry to send applications to the commission.
However, the NABU commander has voiced another possible cause of fear – an opportunity to blame for a fictitious misconduct. He gave an example of a judge who made “bold decisions” and for this became blocked.
Consequently, you cannot call work of the judge at HQCJ calm. And, most likely, when testing the psychological qualities of candidates, it will be necessary to take into account stressful conditions for future work. However, A. Sitnik himself and other participants in the discussion called on lawyers to submit documents.
Not quantity but quality
After the campaign, the list of candidates expanded by a third. Their exact number, which is likely to grow, will become known after September 14th. Although it can already be said that the Public Council of International Experts will have a variety to select from.
Foreign representatives, even though they have responded to requests from the Government, still remain incognito for some reason. The head of the HQCJ Sergiy Koziakov informed that their names will be announced after the documents have been received. And he assured that some ambassadors from international organizations had already been negotiating.
The activity of the PCIE is not yet regulated by any document; its regulations are in the stage of formation. And the very practical moments of work are not taken into account yet. For example, the candidate’s profiles will need to be translated.
It is believed that this issue is not yet dealt with. Probably, the complexity of the translation will not facilitate the rapid assessment of candidates. So far, the completion of the competitive selection is expected to be in February 2019.
Experts mentally moved in the near future and expressed assumptions about the work of the HQCJ. Presenters were assured that the specialized authority will not be required to churn out the convictions. And even if the first decisions will undermine investigations of NABU, this will not indicate the useless work.
The judges themselves will receive remuneration for the consideration of corruption cases, determined by the representatives of the appellate instance and the higher specialized courts, – 50 subsistence minimums. At present, the size of their remuneration is UAH 85 thousand.
The act, on the basis of which the HQCJ will act, is unanimously recognized imperfect, but assured that in conditions of confrontation with the establishment of the institution, it could not be better. According to A. Sitnik, there is only the theoretical possibility of establishing an independent court. Impartiality depends on many factors.
P.S. The day before the end of the fulling of the documents on the website of the HQCJ, the names of 62 applicants for the judges’ chairs at the HACC and 16 participants in competitions for places in the Appeals Chamber were published.