President Viktor Yanukovych believes that effective judicial reform is a practical step towards modernizing the country and real path to the European community, he said at today’s solemn meeting on the occasion of Court Employee’s Day at the Supreme Court of Ukraine, ForUm learned from the presidential press office.

Therefore, Viktor Yanukovych said, profound judicial reform has become one of his first initiatives as President.

"The main requirement is that the country must have fair, honest courts, acting under the law and protecting the rights of every citizen. That is the requirement and expectation of the citizens of Ukraine," he said.

Viktor Yanukovych noted that the procedure of appointing judges introduced by the Law On the Judiciary and the Status of Judges ensures that the process is objective and impartial, with its main criteria being the knowledge and moral qualities of the candidates.

"The High Qualification Commission of Judges of Ukraine has completed the selection of candidates under the new rules. This gives grounds to say that future judges will be the people most worthy of this high rank," he said.

However, he said, it is necessary to focus not only on the replenishment of the judiciary corps, but also on retaining the judiciary employees already working. He drew attention to the fact that many experienced judges are often dismissed due to them reaching the age of 65. "We must not loose the professionals, who are the most valuable resource of the judicial system thanks to their knowledge, practical skills, and high moral qualities," Viktor Yanukovych said.

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