12:15 27.10.2015

Venice Commission supports Ukraine switching to three-tier court system

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Venice Commission supports Ukraine switching to three-tier court system

The Presidential Administration believes that it would be realistic to switch to a three-tier court system in Ukraine which is supported by the European Commission For Democracy Through Law (Venice Commission).

"The Venice Commission welcomes a switch to the three-tier court system, in particular, when amendments to the Constitution [on justice] are made… the three-tier court system should be introduced," Deputy Head of the Presidential Administration Oleksiy Filatov said at a briefing in Kyiv on Monday.

He said that the recommendations of the Venice Commission include a proposal to entrench the autonomous system of administrative courts and the Supreme Court shall remain the highest court in Ukraine.

Filatov said that the Venice Commission recommends the switch to the three-tier court system as a part of the implementation of amendments to the Constitution.

"This process should be synchronized; corresponding amendments should be made to procedural law, which would allow for reducing the number of cases heard by appeal courts and increasing the quality of hearing cases in appeal courts… We would be able to receive the Supreme Court that would be in line with European standards, where the Supreme Court hears a small number of really important cases," he said.

Commenting on the time it would take to introduce a three-tier court system, Filatov said that this should not be pigeonholed or hurried, and that all factors which would influence the issue should be analyzed.

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