Rada introduces electronic legal proceedings as part of judicial reform
The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine on Tuesday has passed the bill, submitted by President Poroshenko, on amending the Economic and Civil Procedural Codes of Ukraine, the Code of Administrative Proceedings, and other legislative acts (No. 6232).
According to the bill’s version submitted for its second reading, the law establishes that a single judicial information and telecommunications system operates among courts, the High Council of Justice, the Supreme Qualification Commission of Judges of Ukraine, the State Judicial Administration of Ukraine, their bodies and branches.
In particular, it ensures the exchange of e-documents between courts, between the court and sides in a trial, and between sides in a trial. It also ensures video- streaming of court hearings and participation of sides via video conference.
Claims and other applications, complaints and other procedural documents that are submitted to the court and may be subject to legal proceedings, are subject to mandatory registration in the said system on the day of their receipt and in due order.
Electronic digital signature, equated to a written signature in accordance with the law, is used in submission, transfer, and exchange of documents, as well as the commission of other actions within the system’s framework.
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It also ensures the maintenance of the Unified State Register of Judgments.
A single judicial information and telecommunications system will start functioning 90 days after the official publication of a relevant announcement by Ukraine’s State Judicial Administration.
According to the law, broadcast of court hearings shall be carried out with the court’s permission. If all sides in the trial participate in a court session via video conference, such hearings must be broadcast online.
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At the same time, by a reasoned decision, the court may rule to restrict any type of recording in the courtroom if such actions interfere with the judicial process.