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HCJ Ethics Council holds first meeting: first sections of regulations approved, leadership elected

KYIV. Dec 1 (Interfax-Ukraine) – The Ethics Council, which is designed to establish the compliance of a candidate for the position of a member of the High Council of Justice (HCJ) with the criteria of professional ethics and virtue, held its first meeting on Wednesday, December 1.

"Six members of the Ethics Council unanimously approved the first two sections of the Rules of their work and elected leadership. In the near future, the assessment of candidates for positions and current members of the High Council of Justice will start for compliance with the criteria of professional ethics and virtue," the Ethics Council press service said.

Following the meeting, Lev Kyshakevych, a judge of the Supreme Court at the Criminal Court of Cassation, was elected as the Chairman of the Ethics Council, and Anthony Hooper, retired judge of the Court of Appeal of England and Wales, was his deputy.

"It is a great honor for me to be the chairman of the Ethics Council. I am grateful to the members of the Council for their trust. Like all members of the Ethics Council, I am fully aware of the responsibility both for my own activities and for the work of the Council as a whole. This responsibility concerns both the expectations of society and the expectations of the judiciary. I am sure the Ethics Council will make every effort to ensure that these expectations come true. I will personally make every effort to ensure that the work of the Ethics Council is successful. Our work has already shown that we are committed to constructive cooperation. We will continue to work on the Rules of Procedure and procedural issues of the Ethics Council. We want to start evaluating candidates for the position of the High Council of Justice as soon as possible," Kyshakevych said.

In turn, Hooper, as a representative of international experts who were included in the first composition of the Ethics Council, positively assessed the effectiveness of the meeting.

"It is a great honor for each of us to work for the Ukrainian people as part of the Ethics Council," he said.