Preparation of the new draft law of Ukraine on prosecutor's office is completed. The document has already been sent to the Venice Commission, Prosecutor General of Ukraine Viktor Pshonka said August 12, the PGO press service informs.

The Prosecutor General of Ukraine stressed that the changes, proposed by the draft law, are justified and necessary.

"It is time for the executive authorities and state control to take full responsibility for the implementation of the laws on the relevant territory or in the field," he said.

According to him, only a comprehensive reform of the prosecution by adopting a new law will help to build the model of the prosecutor's office, which meets the current stage of development of our state.

According to the Prosecutor General, several draft laws on the prosecutor's office have been prepared till present time, which were aimed at comprehensive reform, but none of them has been wholly approved by the Venice Commission and has been the subject of the Verkhovna Rada’s consideration.

Pshonka, in particular, pointed to the fact that Ukraine undertook to change role and functions of the prosecutor's office to the Council of Europe in 1995. During this time, a number of activities to reform the prosecution has been taken.

In particular, in 2001, the prosecutor's office lost the power to authorize arrests and searches, to supervise the legality of judicial decisions, initiate disciplinary proceedings against judges.

In 2003, prosecutors were deprived of the right to oversee the enforcement proceedings.

Since 1 July 2007, the Interior Ministry was transferred the duty of the investigation of crimes against the person (15 articles). In the past year, together with the adoption of a new Code of Criminal Procedure, category of cases under investigation of the prosecution significantly reduced.

He also added that in September 2012, amendments to the law of Ukraine on prosecutor's office substantially limited the powers of prosecutors in the non-criminal field.


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