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MPs give first reading to bill on prosecution reform

It foresees the liquidation of military prosecutor's offices.

MPs give first reading to bill on prosecution reform
Photo: Serhiy Nuzhnenko

Parliament has given the first reading to bill No 1032 on prosecution reform, under which the Office of the Prosecutor-General is created instead of the Prosecutor-General's Office (PGO).

MPs plan to change the prosecution system so that the Office of the Prosecutor-General, regional and district prosecutor's offices could replace the PGO, regional, local and military prosecutor's offices.

Military prosecutor's offices will be liquidated. The prosecutor-general will have the right to create specialized prosecutor's offices, if necessary.

The reform will not affect the Specialised Anticorruption Prosecutor's Office.

The Prosecutors' Qualification Disciplinary Commission and the Council of Prosecutors of Ukraine will be suspended until 1 September 2021.

This will allow the prosecutor-general to set the procedure for selecting prosecutors and bringing them to disciplinary responsibility, as well as dismiss prosecutors without having to coordinate his decisions with the Council of Prosecutors.

MPs are also going to cancel the amendment adopted for Yuriy Lutsenko, which does not require the prosecutor-general to have a degree in law.

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