The third official edition of the Consultative Council of European Judges documents has been translated into Ukrainian
The official publication of the documents of the Consultative Council of European Judges (CCJE) contains the Magna Carta of Judges, adopted in 2010 at the 11th plenary session of the CCJE, as well as 22 Opinions adopted by the CCJE from 2001 to 2019. This collection provides a detailed description of the Council of Europe's standards for the functioning and organisation of the judiciary, the role of judges in ensuring the unity of the judiciary, the nature of the judiciary's relations with other branches of government, lawyers, prosecutors and society at large.
On October 26 this year, the Chairman and judges of the Constitutional Court of Ukraine took part in an online event organised by the Council of Europe project "Support to the Implementation of Judicial Reform in Ukraine", at which the third official edition was presented.
During the event, the Chairman of the Court Oleksandr Tupytskyi stressed that the opinions of the Consultative Council of European Judges are extremely important, as they take into account not only the peculiarities of existing national judicial systems and best European practice, but also proposals to improve the status of judges and access to justice.
Judge of the Constitutional Court of Ukraine Viktor Horodovenko, who has been a member of the Consultative Council of European Judges for many years and represents Ukraine in this respected institution, noted the importance of such an institution as the CCJE, which has gained justified recognition in the legal community and society, as well as received the World Justice Award for high-quality work and dedication of its members to the ideals of the rule of law.
The CCJE opinions have become a powerful source of standards in the field of independence and immunity of judges, formed on the basis of proposals based on the real judicial experience of the member states of the Council of Europe. They are used in the preparation of regulations and they have a significant role in practice.
The wide application of the CCJE opinions in judicial practice has confirmed their importance for Ukraine. From 2010 - the year of the first publication of the CCJE opinions in Ukrainian - until October 2020, the CCJE opinions were applied in 31,300 decisions of Ukrainian judges.
Summing up his report, the judge Viktor Horodovenko stressed that this anniversary edition reflects the values and guidelines used by the Council of Europe during its 70 years of operation and the 20 years of CCJE, which are reliable guidelines for building Ukraine's European future.
This collection of documents on European standards of the judiciary functioning is useful for all Ukrainian lawyers and is published in two languages - English and Ukrainian.