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Zelensky reacts to Council of Judges' refusal to delegate its reps to Ethics Council: I not to allow blocking Ukraine's main reform

KYIV. Sept 13 (Interfax-Ukraine) – President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky said he would not allow the blocking of judicial reform; on September 16, a working meeting will be held at the President’s Office of Ukraine with the participation of the chair of the Council of Judges, the Supreme Court, representatives of parliament, as well as G7 Ambassadors.

"According to subclause 6 of clause 23-1 of the Final and Transitional Provisions of Law on amendments to certain legislative acts of Ukraine concerning the procedure for election (appointment) to the positions of members of the High Council of Justice and the activities of Disciplinary Inspectors of the High Council of Justice No.1635-IX dated July 14, 2021, the subject of the formation of the Ethics Council submits to the chair of the High Council of Justice a list of candidates for the Ethics Council within 30 days from the date of receipt of the relevant appeal from the chair of the Supreme Council of Justice," the President’s Office said in the statement on its website.

Thus, it is noted that the subject of representation is the Council of Judges of Ukraine, which should delegate three representatives to the Ethics Council, however, at today’s meeting, the Council of Judges was unable to delegate its representatives to the Ethics Council, which raises concerns about the progress of judicial reform due to stopping the cleansing of the judicial system.

"I will not allow the blocking of the main reform of the country, which I promised to the Ukrainians and which I initiated. Every illegal action aimed at blocking the judicial reform will be immediately evaluated and rebuffed. I will not allow judges who are hindering the reform and cleaning of the judicial system to deprive Ukrainians of the right to justice. And judges who want to work in a transparent system must have full support," Zelensky said.

Zelensky also thanked international organizations that last week delegated experts to the competition committee to select members of the High Qualification Commission of Judges and the Ethical Council.