“The High Council of Justice only at the meeting took the decision to start the reorganization of the High Council of Justice into the Supreme Council of Justice”, said in a statement.
In particular, the HCJ has formed the Commission on the reorganization and approved the procedure for the implementation of activities, including state registration of the Supreme Council of Justice.
In addition, at the meeting of January 12, 2017, the High Council of Justice decided on temporary suspension from office of judge of the Supreme Economic Court of Ukraine Arthur Yemelyanov and judge of the Kyiv Appeal Administrative Court Igor Petrik.
We remind that on January 5, 2017 the Law of Ukraine “On the Supreme Council of Justice” came into force, adopted by the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine on December 21, 2016 and promulgated in the Verkhovna Rada’s official newspaper “Holos Ukrainy” No. 1 dd January 4, 2017. According to it, the Supreme Council of Justice is formed by the reorganization of the High Council of Justice. Within twenty days from the date of entry into force of the Law, the HCJ was to establish the Commission on HCJ reorganization and SCJ formation; develop and approve the procedure of the implementation of measures related to the HCJ reorganization and SCJ formation.
On November 3, 2016 the draft law No.5180 on the Supreme Council of Justice, submitted by the President of Ukraine, was adopted by 232 MPs’ votes as the basis.
Afterwards the document has undergone changes that the Association of Judges spoke out against. According to the amendments, about a thousand of five-year-term in office judges were subject to the actual firing, which could lead to the collapse of the judicial system. However, later it turned out that these amendments were not approved by the Verkhovna Rada Committee on Legal Policy and Justice.
In turn, on December 19, 2016, the High Council of Justice called the Verkhovna Rada to adopt urgently the Law “On the Supreme Council of Justice”, since a three-year term of bringing to disciplinary responsibility of judges who had discredited the judicial system in the period of Euromaidan, would expire in two months.