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Legal news in Ukraine: Chairman of Constitutional Court was reinstated, reduction of justice departments in regions, Ministry of Justice announced new standards in rulemaking and changes in notaries, bills on production of amber were registered

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Legal news in Ukraine: Chairman of Constitutional Court was reinstated, reduction of justice departments in regions, Ministry of Justice announced new standards in rulemaking and changes in notaries, bills on production of amber were registered

The court reinstated Stanislav Shevchuk as chairman of the Constitutional Court of Ukraine

The Kyiv District Administrative Court resumed Stanislav Shevchuk as a judge and chairman of the Constitutional Court of Ukraine. The corresponding decision was made by judge Andrei Fedorchuk on October 11.

«The court decided: the administrative lawsuit of Shevchuk Stanislav Volodymyrovych to satisfy in full. To recognize and cancel the decision of the Constitutional Court of Ukraine regarding the illegal dismissal of Shevchuk Stanislav from the position of a judge of the Constitutional Court», – the resolution part of the court decision states.

In addition, the court ordered the Constitutional Court to reinstate Shevchuk as a judge and chairman of the court.

It is noted that the court decision should be enforced immediately.

Shevchuk was dismissed from the post of the chairman of the Constitutional Court on May 14, 2019 on the basis of the conclusions of the standing commission on regulation and ethics.

On the same day, the judges elected Nataliia Shaptala as the new chairman of the Constitutional Court.

Shevchuk said that he would go to court and considers his dismissal a “political order”.

On September 17, judges elected Oleksandr Tupytskyi as chairman of the Constitutional Court.

The government has reduced the number of territorial departments of justice three times

The Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine approved the resolution «Some issues of the territorial bodies of the Ministry of Justice», which reduces the number of main territorial departments of justice from 27 to 8, announced the Minister of Justice of Ukraine Denys Maliuska.

According to him, this will optimize the system of territorial bodies of the Ministry of Justice, improve control over their work, and ensure effective implementation of the tasks assigned to the Ministry and the rational use of state resources.

«The resolution liquidates the territorial bodies of the Ministry of Justice in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea, regions, cities of Kiev and Sevastopol. But the inter-regional territorial bodies of the Ministry of Justice with the status of a legal entity of public law will be created. Their powers will extend to the territory of several administrative and territorial units», – the head of the ministry said.

The territorial bodies of the Ministry of Justice, which are being liquidated, shall continue to exercise the powers and functions assigned to the said bodies until the establishment of interregional territorial bodies.

The Ministry of Justice announced the introduction of the Unified Notary Registry

Deputy Minister of Justice for Notary Olga Onishchuk presented a plan of action of the Ministry of Justice for 2019-2022 in the field of notary.

Innovations in the notary system include the introduction of the Unified Notary Registry, the electronic notarial archive and the integration of registers and databases with the electronic notarial system.

«We plan to abolish the outdated rudiments of notarial records and build notarial records based on the introduction of new IT technologies, programs for creating, manufacturing, storing, restoring notarized documents», – said the Deputy Minister.

Also, she said, one of the important tasks is to ensure a uniform location of notaries' jobs across the territory of Ukraine, which will minimize staffing shortages in some regions.

The next goal is to bring into line with international standards and recommendations of the International Notary Union the procedure for regulating and monitoring the observance by the notaries of professional ethics. At the same time, the body of professional self-government of notaries of Ukraine to take measures to ensure a high rate of compliance by notaries with the rules of professional ethics.

The powers of standardization of the rules (code) of professional ethics will be transferred to the body of professional self-government of notaries of Ukraine.

This plan is currently being proposed for discussion with the notary community.

The Ministry of Justice has announced the transition to new rulemaking standards

Justice Minister of Ukraine Denys Maliuska announced the planned innovations, which should facilitate the work of legal professionals.

«We are submitting to the Cabinet of Ministers a decision that the Ministry of Justice will no longer carry out checks on the systematization of legislation and the status of legal work. Also, we will no longer provide conclusions on the appointment of heads of legal services. It will all go to the past», – said Maliuska.

He also noted that the Ministry of Justice, together with the Cabinet of Ministers, plans to redesign the legislative function of the authorities. «The legislation should go in the direction of greater clarity for the average citizen. We will move to new standards-setting standards that work in countries such as the United Kingdom. This transition will be gradual to ensure a systematic change», stated the Minister.

Maliuska also stressed the need to create a professional community of civil servants and legal professionals.

«This is necessary to ensure that the status of a lawyer in the public service is high, such a lawyer has a good reputation and competitive salary. Lawyers are the key persons of the authorities, therefore, it is important that their influence and significance be supported by the goal of the work, which, among other things, is to make documents understandable to people», – said the head of the Ministry of Justice.

The texts of bills on the amber business in Ukraine have been published

The Government registered two draft laws on amber extraction in Ukraine in the Verkhovna Rada.

The documents were designed to introduce legitimate amber mining activities and to «bring the amber business out of the shadows».

The first bill reduces the rent rate for the use of subsoil for the extraction of amber - from 25% to 15%.

Another bill, in particular, criminalizes the illegal extraction of amber - from 3 to 6 years.

The changes also imply that for the extraction of amber, you need to obtain a special permit, which will be granted for a period of 5 years. Auctions for the sale of these special permits will be conducted via electronic auction.

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