Supreme Court says lawsuit against Zelensky's Rada dissolution decree not within its jurisdiction
Ukraine's Supreme Court says a lawsuit against President Volodymyr Zelensky's decree to disband the Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine's parliament, does not fall within its jurisdiction.
This is said in a Supreme Court ruling dated May 27, 2019, on case No. 9901/275/19.
"The Supreme Court has refused to open proceedings in a lawsuit against President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky for recognizing presidential decree dated May 21, 2019, No. 303/2019 on the early termination of the powers of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine and the appointment of early elections illegal and invalid since the consideration of such a case falls within the jurisdiction of the Constitutional Court of Ukraine," the Supreme Court said in a statement on May 27.
In particular, the Supreme Court concluded that under Part 2 of Article 147, Part 1 of Article 150 of the Constitution, the verification of compliance with the Fundamental Law of all, without exception, legislative acts of the Verkhovna Rada and the president is within the Constitutional Court's authority.
"The ruling says that the constitutional process of parliament dissolution and the involvement of the president of Ukraine in this process is not a form of exercising its administrative functions and cannot fall under control of a court of administrative jurisdiction," it said.
The decision can be appealed at the Grand Chamber of the Supreme Court within 15 days.
Zelensky who swore in as president of Ukraine on May 20 announced his decision to disband Ukraine's parliament and call snap parliamentary elections. The absence of a parliamentary coalition since 2016 was cited as a de-jure cause. On May 23, he signed a decree to dissolve the parliament and the parliamentary election campaign officially began on May 24.
Three claims were lodged with the Supreme Court for ruling Zelensky's parliament dissolution decree null and void.