President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has submitted a bill to the Verkhovna Rada, according to which the powers of the composition of the Constitutional Court of Ukraine (CCU) are terminated. The corresponding bill on restoring public confidence in the constitutional proceedings (No.4288) was registered by the President in the Verkhovna Rada on October 29, 2020, Interfax-Ukraine reports.
The Head of State proposes to recognize the CCU ruling of October 27, 2020 “null and void (which does not create legal consequences) as one that was adopted by the judges of the Constitutional Court of Ukraine in conditions of a real conflict of interests” (Article 1 of the draft law “Invalidity of a decision taken in their own interests.”)
The President proposed to return the wording of the Law “On the Prevention of Corruption” and the Criminal Code, which were in force before the decision of the CCU of October 27, 2020.
“Article 2 of the draft law “Restoration of constitutional proceedings in the interests of citizens” notes that “the powers of the composition of the Constitutional Court, acting at the time of the adoption of the decision of the Constitutional Court of October 27, 2020 in case No. 1-24 / 2020 (393/20), shall be terminated from the date the entry into force of this law,” the message says.
The law comes into force on the day following the day of its publication. The explanatory note says that the goals and objectives of the bill is “to ensure compliance with the constitutional order in Ukraine and to prevent the usurpation of power by judges of the Constitutional Court.”
Among the characteristics and main provisions of the law, the explanatory note notes, “Ensure recruitment and appointment of judges of the Constitutional Court of Ukraine in the manner established by the Constitution of Ukraine and the law of Ukraine “On the Constitutional Court of Ukraine.”
The decision to dismiss a judge of the Constitutional Court must be made by at least two thirds of its constitutional composition (12 out of 18).