12:20 02.02.2016

Parliament in first reading backs revised Constitution on justice reform

Verkhovna Rada has preliminary approved a revised bill No. 3524 on amendments to the Constitution in the field of justice.

As a correspondent of Interfax-Ukraine said, the respective decision was backed by 244 MPs at a parliament's plenary sitting on Tuesday.

On February 1, Ukraine's Constitutional Court has declared that the revised bill on amendments to the Constitution in the field of justice complies with Articles 157 and 158 of the Fundamental Law.

The Constitutional Court made public relevant judgment at its meeting on Monday having considered a relevant request of the Verkhovna Rada.

As reported, on January 22, the Constitutional Court of Ukraine declared a bill on amendments into the Constitution of Ukraine on justice reform the one, which complies with the Articles 157 and 158 of the Fundamental Law.

The bill contains provisions about the liquidation of judges' immunity from prosecution, the automatic dismissal of judges who fail to pass re-certification, significantly increases the transparency in the selection of judicial personnel and significantly increases the responsibility of judges for the miscarriage of justice.

After the Constitutional Court present its conclusions, the parliament preliminary approves the bill in the first reading at least by 226 votes. The document could be finally approved by the Constitutional majority with at least 300 votes at the next parliament's session.

On January 26, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko submitted the updated version of the bill amendments to the Constitution of Ukraine on justice reform to the Verkhovna Rada. According to the updated bill, clause 25 of the Article 85 of the Constitution reinstate a norm under which the Verkhovna Rada is empowered to give is consent to appointment or resignation of the prosecutor general by the head of state, and to express a vote of no confidence in the prosecutor general, which entails his resignation.

On January 28, the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine put on its session' agenda the bill on Constitutional amendments to the Fundamental Law on Justice (No. 3524) and sent it for the assessment by the Constitutional Court.

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