Justice without borders


On June 13-14, 2019, The V Ukrainian-German professional meetings of judges of the Kyiv Court of Appeal and the Higher Regional Court of Oldenburg to share experience in the administration of civil and criminal justice took place in the Kyiv Court of Appeal
In signing the Association Agreement with the European Union, Ukraine has agreed to strengthen cooperation in the field of justice, freedom and security in order to ensure the rule of law and respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms, strengthen the judiciary, increase its efficiency, guarantee its independence and impartiality. Therefore, international and European standards in the field of legal proceedings have become a landmark and priority for our country in further development.
Another milestone on the way to the development of international cooperation, launched in 2015, was the visit of German colleagues to Ukraine.

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Thus, the Kyiv Court of Appeal were attended by Dr. Michael Kodde, the Vice-President of the Higher Regional Court of Oldenburg, Dr. Michael Henjes and Dr. Melani Bitter, the Presiding Judges of the Higher Regional Court of Oldenburg, Dr. Catrin Jansen-Behnen, the researcher at the Higher Regional Court of Oldenburg and the representatives of the German Foundation for International Legal Cooperation Hennadii Ryzhkov and Nataliia Hlibko have also joined to the professional conversation.

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The event was opened by the Ganna Kryzhanivska, the Vice-President of the Kyiv Court of Appeal, who thanked the representatives of the German Foundation for International Legal Cooperation, with the assistance of which the Ukrainian-German meetings to share experience in the administration of civil and criminal justice are regularly held. She noted that previous professional meetings were interesting and useful and provided new information and new knowledge.

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The Vice-President stressed the importance of these meetings in order to benefit from the best European experience of justice. «I am pleased to note that such cooperation has a positive outcome. In view of the best international experience, the Kyiv Court of Appeal is advancing an innovational projects that improve the quality of judicial and administrative services».

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During 2-day-meeting the reports of German judges alternated with the reports of Ukrainian colleagues. The representatives of both parties were awaiting the professional communication concerning specific procedural features of communication of the judge with the parties and the other parties to judicial proceedings. The issue of disqualification (recusal) of the judge / panel of judges and the consequences of their satisfaction / rejection was also discussed.
The meeting participants also focused on discussing the procedural prerequisites, the content and practice of application a mutual consent / agreement within the framework of a criminal case.
The judges of the Kyiv Court of Appeal Borys Levenets, Anatolii Stryzheus, Olena Shkorina, Vasyl Oliinyk, Halyna Balatska and Oleh Ihnatiuk took the floor.
The final issue of the meeting was the leveraging technology to simplify the case handling. The topic was introduced by Oleh Radchenko, the Head of Staff of the Court and Dr. Michael Henjes,the Presiding Judge of the Higher Regional Court of Oldenburg.

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In the course of the discussion the participants of the colloquium settled on the subject of the next professional meeting.
The German guests were offered a tour of the Kiev Court of Appeal building, during which they inspected the courtrooms, the office and the museum exposition of the court.

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At the end of the meeting, the parties have expressed their support for developing further cooperation between the judicial institutions of both states, which will facilitate expansion of spheres of interaction and active integration of national legal proceedings into the European legal space.

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The best moments of the meeting were captured on photo that can be found at: http://www.apcourtkiev.gov.ua/?p=17942

The interpretation was provided by Volodymyr Shved and Andrii Bakanov.
The press service of the Kyiv Court of Appeal informed