March 13, 2019, Kyiv District Administrative Court has blocked the results of competition for vacant positions of the Chairman and Deputy Chairman of State Judicial Administration of Ukraine.
On January 17, 2019, the High Council of Justice announced a competition for vacant positions of the Chairman and Deputy Chairman of State Judicial Administration. On February 15, the winners of the competition were announced. According to the decision of the Commission, Sergiy Pushkar was announced as the winner for the position of the Chairman and Igor But as the winner for the position of Deputy Chairman.
At the same time, previous Chairman Zenoviy Kholodnyuk and his Deputy Lyudmyla Gizatulina were not willing to leave their positions. Thus, they filled lawsuits to the Cassation Administrative Court and to Kyiv District Administrative Court.
The verdict of Kyiv District Administrative Court was used as the basis for suspending the decision of the Commission on announcing Pushkar and But as the winners of the competition.
“Zeniviy Kholodnyuk had to fall under lustration law in 2014, as he was Deputy Chief of State Judicial Administration during the presidency of Yanukovich. And now he is actually blocking the work of SJA holding his chair and preventing the new Chief to take over his position” say lawyers about the situation.
They also assume, that such decision was not accidental and was based on the fact that Kholodnyuk is financing the District Court.
Blocking the work of SJA may result in poor functioning of the High Anti-Corruption Court of Ukraine: judges will simply have no place where to work, they will have no apparatus, and they will have no protection.