Since the last plenary week, the parliament has been considering three new procedural codes: the Civil Code, Economic Code, and the Code of Administrative Legal Proceedings, as well as changes to the Criminal Procedure Code, the law on judicial system, the law on the status of judges, and dozens of other laws.
As noted by Samopomich MP Ruslan Sydorovych, about 10-15 million Ukrainian citizens and businessmen – almost half of Ukrainian citizens – take part in litigations every year. Therefore, the quality of the codes and procedures, which are currently considered by the Verkhovna Rada, is very important.
“We need to understand that the availability of the third branch of government which operates in accordance with established rules is a prerequisite for the prosperity of the state. When there is no fair trial, no reform – either pension reform, medical one, or any other – has right to exist. For example, when we are talking about the Anti-Corruption Court, we are talking about the fuse which should put an end to the corruption. Accordingly, any other real, systemic reform somehow stumbles upon the resistance of the old system. Therefore, only effective and fair courts can ensure proper implementation of fair reforms. Without fair courts, reforms have no chance for existence and will remain on paper only,” the MP is convinced.
However, due to the absence of the majority of deputies in the session hall, the parliament has failed to vote for the key amendments to the codes. “Thus, I hope that by the time these bills are submitted for the final voting, a working group will be re-established on the basis of the Rada’s law committee, and we will get back to the failed major, significant amendments and will be able to ensure that they are taken into account. If there is no fair court with pre-determined rules, we will have Ukrainian citizens who will be absolutely rightless. And this concerns every citizen of Ukraine,” Ruslan Sydorovych concludes.