111 Lawyers Are Nominated to the New Supreme Court

The constitution of the new 120-member Supreme Court, which commenced in November 2016 as part of the ongoing judicial reform, is almost complete. On 27 September 2017, the Higher Council of Justice, the state body responsible for selecting and appointing judges, announced 111 nominees to be appointed by the President of Ukraine to the newly established Supreme Court. The Higher Council of Justice has yet to rule on whether it wishes to nominate a further nine candidates who are still being considered. If those all or some of those nine nominees are eventually turned down, an additional selection process will have to be conducted.

It is expected that the formal nominations will be made shortly and the President of Ukraine will appoint the new Supreme Court without delay.

The new Supreme Court will replace the following existing courts: Supreme Court of Ukraine; Higher Administrative Court; Higher Civil and Criminal Matters Court; and Higher Commercial Court.

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