UBA Insists on a Broad Expert Discussion of all Bills in the Legal Sphere

2019-09-05

KYIV - September 5, 2019. The Ukrainian Bar Association (UBA) supports the authorities' desire for rapid changes in the legal sphere. At the same time, we consider unacceptable to develop laws important for the country without any involvement of stakeholders and the legal community.

The UBA sent an open appeal to the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, its Committee on Legal Policy, the Legal Reform Commission under the President of Ukraine, requesting to develop legislative initiatives with the participation of stakeholders, European experts and representatives of the legal community.

The UBA believes that it is of vital importance to discuss legislative initiatives with the public and with a wide range of experts. In order to qualitatively reform the legal system and avoid the wrong steps, it is necessary to involve all stakeholders in the discussion.

In particular, the legal community is concerned about the lack of discussions on a number of registered bills that are fundamental to the state's legal system, in particular:

- Amendments to the Constitution of Ukraine (abolishing the so called "lawyer's monopoly") (Reg. No. 1013);

- On amendment of Article 106 of the Constitution of Ukraine (concerning the assignment of powers of the President of Ukraine to create independent regulatory bodies, the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine, appoint and dismiss the Director of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine and the Director of the State Bureau of Investigation) (Reg. No. 101);

- On amendments to some laws of Ukraine concerning the activity of judicial administration bodies (Reg. No. 1008);

- On amendments to some legislative acts of Ukraine concerning improvement of certain provisions of criminal procedural legislation (Reg. No. 1009);

- On amendments to some legislative acts of Ukraine concerning the first priority measures for reform of the Prosecutor's Office (Reg. No. 1032).

The letter also states that on August 7, 2019, a Legal Reform Commission under the President of Ukraine was formed to include reputable lawyers, representatives of international projects of technical assistance, authorities and scientific institutions. However, the Commission has not held any meetings yet nor accessed these bills.

The open statement emphasized that the Ukrainian Bar Association supports the authorities' desire for rapid change and is ready to be a platform for qualitative discussions and to facilitate the involvement of a wide range of lawyers from all regions.

The full text of the appeal is available by the link (in Ukrainian).

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