The adoption of the new Criminal Procedure Code plays an important role not only for the judiciary of Ukraine, but for the whole society in terms of legal protection of citizens, President Viktor Yanukovych said at today’s ceremony of swearing in newly appointed judges, ForUm learned from the presidential press office.

"I believe that as the result of the implementation of this law we will be able to truly ensure the adversarial system functioning in the criminal process, increase the efficiency of criminal proceedings and establish an effective system of protection of criminal process participants’ rights and freedoms," he said.

The President also expressed the belief that great attention should be attached to improving the organization of courts’ work and creating the appropriate conditions for citizens to defend their rights in court.

"Every citizen should feel supported by the state in accessing the justice system in the courts of all levels and specializations," the President Said.

In order to ensure that, Viktor Yanukovych said, it is necessary to improve citizens’ access to information about court hearings, give them the opportunity to file documents to courts quickly and without difficulty, create a comfortable environment for them to study cases, etc.

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