The Special Joint Meeting completed
28 January 2019, Kyiv, Ukraine – The Public Council of International Experts (PCIE) has completed qualification assessment of candidates for the position of judges at the High Anti-Corruption Court of Ukraine (HACC). The Council’s members reviewed a total of 113 candidate profiles, including 81 candidates for the first instance of HACC and 32 candidates for the Appeal Chamber of the HACC. 71 candidates continue their participation in the selection process, while 39 candidates no longer participate in the competition, as their compliance with the criteria defined in Art. 8(4) of the Law of Ukraine on High Anti-Corruption Court was not established. In addition, 3 candidates decided to step out of the competition.
The PCIE exercised its authority through Special Joint Meetings with the High Qualification Commission of Judges of Ukraine (HQCJ), in accordance with the requirements stipulated in Art. 8(5) of the Law of Ukraine on High Anti-Corruption Court. The PCIE analyzed application files of all candidates admitted to the next stage of the competition and convoked Special Joint Meetings to consider 49 of them. The Special Joint Meetings took place between 18-28 January 2019.
“It has been an honor for all members of the Public Council of International Experts to assist the High Qualification Commission of Judges of Ukraine in conducting a competitive, transparent and merit-based selection process. We would like to take this opportunity to express our gratitude to all stakeholders involved in this process, especially the High Qualification Commission of Judges of Ukraine, the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine, Civil Society Organizations and international partners, for their unlimited support and close cooperation. We also greatly appreciate the assistance we have received from our Secretariat, a team of dedicated young professionals that helped us process a considerable amount of information within strict time limits,” noted the Chairman of the PCIE Sir Anthony Hooper.
The Public Council of International Experts is an auxiliary body to the High Qualification Commission of Judges of Ukraine, which participates in the formation of the High Anti-Corruption Court. The PCIE is selected for two years and consists of six reputable experts with experience in supporting state prosecution or judicial proceedings in cases related to corruption. The PCIE consists of: Aurelius Gutauskas (Lithuania), Fleming C. Denker (Denmark), Ted Zarzeczny (Canada), Mirjana Lazarova Trajkovski (Macedonia), Lorna Harris and Sir Anthony Hooper (UK). The Public Council of International Experts operates in accordance with the Law of Ukraine “On High Anti-Corruption Court”.