On February 7, 2017, the lawyer, assistant of the attorney of the Legal association “Femida” Nehoda Viktoriia Vadymivna took part in a round table discussion on the theme “From the attorney to the judge. The Mission impossible?”, organized by the Association of Lawyers of Ukraine, one of the general partners of which is the Legal association “Femida”.
Practicing attorneys, scientists, candidates for the judges of the Supreme Court of Ukraine, as well as members of the High Qualifications Commission of Judges of Ukraine joined the discussion. During the round table, the most pressing issues for attorneys were discussed: how to confirm work experience; how to properly complete all documents. Attorneys make up only 11% of the total number of persons allowed to qualify.
The participants of the round table came to the conclusion that this figure is already not a small achievement. Since, by this time, the attorneys did not have the opportunity to become judges of the Supreme Court of Ukraine. Regarding the confirmation of work experience, the representative of the High Qualifications Commission of Judges of Ukraine noted that the majority of candidates filed a copy of court decisions from the Unified State Register of Court Decisions, Contracts with customers, which indicated the numbers of such cases. Some even filed orders. The attorney, who is a candidate for the post of judge of the Supreme Court of Ukraine, confirmed that the preparation of the package of necessary documents, as well as filling in the information, is a long process that requires concentration and focus. However, having the desire and intentions to truly become the judge of the Supreme Court of Ukraine, this will not be a barrier. Great attention was also paid to checking the information and documents provided by the candidate. In particular, it turned out that the bodies in which the High Qualifications Commission of Judges of Ukraine sends requests for confirmation of a given fact, commit technical errors and provide false information, which becomes the reason for refusal of admission to the exam.
Summarizing the foregoing, it should be noted that in the presence of the necessary work experience and the desire to try oneself in the area of judicial power as attorneys and scientists, it is worth to try. After all, changes begin from each of us …