Ukraine lawmakers ask Constitutional Court to check bill on prosecutors' reform
Fifty Ukrainian lawmakers have lodged a motion with the Constitutional Court of Ukraine, asking to check whether the bill on the reform of prosecution authorities is in line with the country's Constitution.
The point at issue is the bill on amendments to certain legislative acts of Ukraine regarding priority measures for the reform of the prosecutor's offices dated September 19, 2019, the Constitutional Court's press service said.
The lawmakers insist that the adoption of the bill in question "has narrowed the content and scope of citizens' existing rights, introduced dualism of the legal foundation for the prosecution in Ukraine, prosecutors' status," it said.
As UNIAN reported earlier, the Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine's parliament, on September 19, 2019, adopted the presidential bill amending certain legislative acts of Ukraine regarding priority measures for reforming the prosecutor's offices.
The bill on the prosecutor's office stipulates that a citizen of Ukraine who has a law degree and at least 10 years' experience in law (may have higher education and experience in the field of law or experience in legislative and/or law enforcement agency for at least five years) is eligible to be appointed a prosecutor general.
It also foresees that Ukraine's prosecution system consists of the Prosecutor General's Office; regional prosecutor's offices; district prosecutors (formerly local prosecutors); the specialized anti-corruption prosecutor's office. Yet, military prosecutors are not part of the system.