IV UBA Judicial Forum
Advice Group General Director and senior lawyers once again visited the main legal event in October – IV Judicial Forum of Ukrainian Bar Association.
This year many foreign legal scholars showed interest and attended this annual forum. Bert Maan, a judge of Amsterdan Court of Appeal retired (Netherlands) presented a special report on the influence of the judicial system on society, the state and the investment climate in the country.
“Any initiative that tries to strengthen the judicial infrastructure to promote economic growth should start to ensure real protection of private property rights from violation by third parties or by the state, and with the proper functioning of of the judicial system” – advises Bert Maan.
Within the panel discussion on the practical aspects of implementing the rule of law Patty Bee Seris, the Head of Federal District Court District of Massachusetts (USA), reported that currently she has 21% of cases in the United States settled in pre-trial proceedings. This is due not only to expensive process, but also to the fact that mediation is gaining more and more weight in society.
However, the trial is aimed at the rapid resolution of the case, in particular, consideration of civil disputes in all instances lasts an average of 8.5 months, with 61% of cases are considering during the year.
In his turn, Robert J. Cordy, a judge of the Supreme Court of Massachusetts (USA), noted that the work on improvement of the judicial process continues constantly. “We are introducing innovations to meet the demands of the time. This road has no end “, – he said. Judge Bert Maan joined the discussion, as well as Virhiliyus Valanchyus, Team Leader of the EU Project “Support to reform the justice sector in Ukraine” and David Wong, Project Director USAID «fair justice” and Cyril Molodyko, PhD, Advisor LCF.
At the end of the Forum working part the participants, speakers and the guests continued communication in the Art Arsenal, where a gala reception and X-Art Kyiv Conterporary – 2015 private collections inspection was performed.
The second day of the Forum was entirely devoted to judicial reform and sectoral changes, innovations in litigation and recent judicial practice, as well as constitutional complaint opportunities and international proceedings.