According to the current legislation, the High Council of Justice is a collegial, independent constitutional body of state power and judiciary governing in Ukraine on an ongoing basis to ensure the independence of the judiciary, its functioning on the basis of responsibility, accountability to the society, the formation of a faithful and highly professional body of judges, observance norms of the Constitution and laws of Ukraine, as well as professional ethics in the work of judges and prosecutors.

The execution of tasks entrusted to the court and the prosecutor’s office requires from its employees high professionalism, impartiality, honesty, decency and ability to withstand attempts to unduly influence their official activity.

To promote the affirmation of such personal and business qualities have ethical rules. In particular, by the order of the Prosecutor General, the Code of Professional Ethics and Behavior of Prosecutor’s Officers was approved, the purpose of which is to determine the basic principles and moral norms that prosecutors should be guided by in the performance of their official duties and out of service.

February 22, 2013 The XI ordinary congress of judges of Ukraine approved the Code of Judicial Ethics. At the congress it was emphasized that the exercise of the right of everyone to judicial protection on the basis of the rule of law principle and the administration of justice on behalf of the state of Ukraine solely on the basis of the Constitution and laws of Ukraine, international treaties of Ukraine, the consent of which the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine obliged to make, requirements to the moral qualities of each judge.

Recognizing the significance of their mission, in order to strengthen and support public confidence in the judiciary, judges of Ukraine consider that they are obliged to demonstrate and promote high standards of conduct, thereby voluntarily assuming more significant restrictions related to the observance of ethical norms in behavior during the administration of justice, and in extrajudicial behavior.

In carrying out its activities, the GRP actually performs a number of additional tasks, in particular:

– ensuring the effective implementation of professional duties by prosecutors and judges on the basis of observance of the principles of the rule of law, legality, public morals and high culture;

– increase the authority of the judicial system and prosecutor’s offices and promote the confidence of citizens in them;

– creating conditions for the development of judges and prosecutors’ employees a sense of justice, responsibility, devotion to the cause, observance of universal moral values, prevention of manifestations of corruption;

– formation of a fundamental moral and legal position in relations with colleagues in service and management.

In fact, the violation of the rules of conduct indicated in the above-mentioned Codes, entails disciplinary enforcement, and if such a model of behavior is permanent for a judge or prosecutor, manifested in a systematic gross attitude to the principles of morality and ethical principles, then it may already be more serious consequences.

Author: Ivan Ishchuk

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