September 5 marked one year since the beginning of the procedural activity of the High Anti-Corruption Court of Ukraine.
“Society demands punishment of corrupt officials, especially top government officials, so the work of the High Anti-Corruption Court is extremely important and is always under public observation”, says Liudmyla Arakhmia, the expert of the Innovation and Development Foundation, commenting on the results of the first year of the High Anti-Corruption Court work.
“During the year of the High Anti-Corruption Court work, we have not seen any situation that would discredit the judges of this court. Instead, the High Anti-Corruption Court has handed down 14 sentences, most of them in the past few months. And although these indicators are still quite modest and do not meet society's demand for "fast jailing", but they allow to believe in a confessional, impartial court", says the expert.
According to the expert, the convicted persons are judges, lawyers, prosecutors, the head of the state enterprise and other officials.
“Another positive aspect is that the High Anti-Corruption Court is breaking the system of delaying the consideration of cases. We know cases of appealing to the Qualification and Disciplinary Commission of the Bar of the Kyiv Region to demand the prosecution of three lawyers and the appointment of a state defender for the defendant. This is a good tendency that will start building a new judicial practice and a new approach to the administration of justice within principles of consideration of cases within a reasonable time", adds Liudmyla Arakhamia.
The experts of the Innovation and Development Foundation are the authors of the bill on the High Anti-Corruption Court, adopted by the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine in June 2018.
Although, the experts of the Innovation and Development Foundation, for the first time in Ukraine, proposed a mechanism for international experts entrusted with selection of anti-corruption judges.
Currently, this mechanism is successfully applied in other important competitions, as it has proven to be effective and trustworthy.