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Ukrainian parliament passes judicial reform

Ukrainian parliament passes judicial reform
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Ukraine's parliament has passed the president's bill amending a number of laws regulating the country's judiciary.

Bill No. 1008 was backed by 236 out of 387 MPs registered in the session hall.

Under the law "On the judicial system and the status of judges", the Supreme Court shall consist of no more than 100 judges where earlier there were 200.

It determines that the High Qualification Commission of Judges of Ukraine (HQCJ) as a permanent state collegial body of judicial administration, consisting of 12 members (previously 16), who shall be appointed by the High Council of Justice following a competition for a period of four years.

The law is supplemented by an article regarding the Integrity and Ethics Commission, a collegial body that operates under the High Council of Justice and is formed to ensure transparency and accountability of the members of the High Council of Justice and the High Qualification Commission of Judges.

The Commission consists of three members of the High Council of Justice and three international experts proposed by international organizations with which Ukraine cooperates in the field of preventing and combating corruption in accordance with international treaties of Ukraine, as part of the Public Council of international experts.

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