Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko hopes on Tuesday, June 19, to submit a bill on the launch of the High Anti-Corruption Court to the Verkhovna Rada.
"I will do everything so that a new anti-corruption court is created this year. I hope on Monday the High Council of Justice will pass my bill on the launch of the High Anti-Corruption Court, and on Tuesday I will be able to register it as urgent in the Verkhovna Rada," he wrote on Facebook.
As UNIAN reported earlier, the Verkhovna Rada passed the presidential draft law "On the High Anti-Corruption Court" in the second reading on Thursday, June 7.
The document stipulates that the High Anti-Corruption Court is a permanently acting high specialized court in Ukraine's judicial system.
On June 11, the president signed the law, and it came into force on June 14.
After its publication, it became known that appeals against the decisions of the first instance courts on cases transferred by the National Anti-corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU) and the Specialized Anti-corruption Prosecutor's Office (SAPO) prior to the creation of the High Anti-Corruption Court will be challenged in the courts of appeal of general jurisdiction rather than in the Appeals Chamber of the High Anti-Corruption Court.
On June 14, NABU Director Artem Sytnyk said the draft law had initially provided for the decisions of the first instance courts, even those made before the creation of the High Anti-Corruption Court, to be challenged in the Appeals Chamber of the High Arbitration Court, but this rule was changed before the vote.
On Saturday, June 16, during an interview with Ukrainian TV channels, Poroshenko said he considered it expedient to transfer all corruption cases to the Anti-Corruption Court after its creation.