On December 18, Chamber Members met with Oleksiy Filatov, Deputy Head of the Presidential Administration, Head of Council of Judicial Reform on the current state of judicial reform.
Forthcoming step in judicial reform – reform of the legislation on attorneys’ services was on the top of the agenda, taking into account attorneys’ increased role in the court process. In particular, issue of simplified procedure for granting status of attorney-at-law for inhouse lawyers and employment of attorneys were discussed.
Other issues, like new procedural legislation and start of work of newly appointed Supreme Court were discussed. Main novelties of the procedural legislation are: introduction of electronic justice, amendments regarding use of arbitration, restriction of possibilities of abuse of rights in the judicial process. According to Oleksiy Filatov, court should be an arbiter, not another prosecutor. He also outlined the main elements of the selection process to the Supreme Court, as well as ongoing reform of lower instance courts.
Further discussion was focused on related to the current judicial reform issues as well as current issues in legal policy.