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Legal news in Ukraine: amendments to the Criminal Procedure Code and the Criminal Code, electronic cabinet of an attorney, competition to the Supreme Court and the Anticorruption court, testing of the electronic court, new decision of the SC

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Legal news in Ukraine: amendments to the Criminal Procedure Code and the Criminal Code, electronic cabinet of an attorney, competition to the Supreme Court and the Anticorruption court, testing of the electronic court, new decision of the SC

The amendments to the Criminal Code and the Criminal Procedural Code on domestic violence have come into force

On January 11, 2019, the Law of Ukraine «On Amendments to Certain Laws of Ukraine in Connection with the Ratification of the Council of Europe Convention on the Prevention of Violence against Women and Domestic Violence and the Combating of Such Events» came into force on December 6, 2017, No. 2227-VIIIІ. The law amends the Criminal and Criminal Procedural Codes of Ukraine.

It should be noted that sub-item 3 of clause 1 of section I of this Law (concerning Article 67 of the Criminal Code) entered into force on the day following the day of the publication of this Law, that is, January 12, 2018.

The adopted changes concern, among other things, criminalization of: domestic violence (Article 126-1 of the Criminal Code), forced marriage (Article 151-2 of the Criminal Code), as well as criminal liability for non-compliance with restrictive measures or restrictive regulations and non-compliance with the program for abusers (Article 390-1 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine).

From now on, domestic violence will be punishable by public works for a term of 150 to 240 hours, or arrest for up to 6 months, or restraint of liberty for up to 5 years, or imprisonment for up to 2 years.

The Criminal Code of Ukraine is supplemented with Section XIII-1 «Restrictive Measures». In the interests of a victim of an offense connected with domestic violence, at the same time as imposing a punishment not related to imprisonment, or dismissing from the grounds provided for by this Code, from criminal liability or punishment, the court may apply to a person who has committed domestic, one or more restrictive measures according to which (s) the convict may be assigned certain duties.

The lawyer’s electronic office has started working in Ukraine

An e-lawyer’s office was established at the Ukrainian National Bar Association website.

This is an electronic profile, where every lawyer registered in the Unified Register of Ukraine’ Lawyers can personally enter data about his activities and keep track on progress in improving his qualification.

From now on, every lawyer can register using a service that simplifies organizational work and allows them to pay annual contributions, provide information on activities, qualifications, seniority, work experience, etc.

The contests to the Anticorruption Court and the Supreme Court continue

At the end of 2018, members of the High Qualification Commission of Judges of Ukraine completed the examination of the practical work performed within the framework of competitions to the Supreme Court and the High Anticorruption Court, stated the Chairman of the Commission Sergey Koziakov.

According to the results, participation in the contest continues: 78 candidates – to the Cassation Administrative Court; 48 candidates – to the Cassation Economic Court; 40 candidates – to the Cassation Criminal Court and 69 candidates – to the Cassation Civic Court.

Thus, 235 candidates, including 76 candidates of legal sciences and 17 doctors of legal sciences, have successfully passed the examination within the framework of competitions to the Supreme Court. Among those who continue to compete: 144 men and 91 women.

According to the results of the first stage of the competition, the positions of judges in the Anti-Corruption Court and the Appeal Chamber of this court are as follows: High Anti-Corruption Court – 81 candidates; The Appeal Chamber of the Anticorruption Court – 32 candidates.

Consequently, in total 113 candidates successfully passed the examination in court, 20 of them are candidates of legal sciences, 3 are doctors of legal sciences. Among those who continue to compete: 84 men and 29 women.

An electronic court is being tested in all local and appellate courts

From December 22, 2018, all local and appellate courts began operating the subsystem «Electronic Court» in the test mode, reports the press service of the State Judicial Administration of Ukraine.

Now the electronic submission of procedural documents to the court should be carried out using the service, located at the link: https://cabinet.court.gov.ua.

To use the Electronic Court service, you must first register an official e-mail address with the obligatory use of your own electronic signature.

From the date of the system testing, procedural documents sent from e-mail with the domain name «@ mail.gov.ua» or from any other domain names are not accepted or registered by the courts.

In the «Electronic cabinet» of the trial participant, the calendar of events in the court case is also displayed.

The Supreme Court found the government’s ruling on a consumer basket illegal

The Supreme Court recognized the illegal decision of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine dated October 11, 2016, No. 780 «On the Approval of Nutrition Sets, Non-Food Sets and Service Sets for Major Social and Demographic Groups».

The main reason for such a court decision was the participation in meetings of the commission of persons who did not have authority, informs the press service of the court.

The plaintiff appealed to the court against the recognition of the said resolution, recognition of the illegal actions of the Ministry of Social Policy of Ukraine, the Ministry of Health of Ukraine, the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine for the formation of the appropriate minimum sets of food, non-food products and services.

The court of first instance filed a lawsuit on grounds of violation of the composition of the expert commission, which carried out a scientific and public examination of the relevant sets. The Court of Appeal left the decision unchanged.

Respondents filed appeals to the Supreme Court.

On December 20, 2018, the Supreme Court partially satisfied cassation complaints. The decisions of the courts of the previous instances were canceled in terms of satisfaction of the claims for recognition of illegal actions of the Ministry of Social Policy of Ukraine, the Ministry of Health of Ukraine, the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine, since such actions have no independent legal significance. In the satisfaction of the claim in this part is denied.

At the same time, the Court agreed with the conclusions of the courts of preliminary instances on the recognition of the resolution of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine of October 11, 2016 No. 780 «On Approval of Kits of Foods, Kits of Non-food Products and Service Kits for Main Social and Demographic Groups» illegal in connection with violation of the procedure Scientific and Public Expertise, which is envisaged by the resolution of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine dated September 24, 1999 No. 1767.

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