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Judges improved their skills of considering criminal proceedings regarding minors

Admin 17/11/2015 587 News / Press Releases


Zaporizhia, November 12 and 13, 2015 – Judges of Trial Courts from Donetsk and Zaporizhia oblasts and Court of Appeal Judges of Zaporizhia oblast had an opportunity to improve their knowledge of best National Practices and International Standards in the area of criminal proceedings regarding minors. In addition, they strengthened their skills in applying these practices and principles during the training delivered jointly by the Canadian-funded Ukraine Juvenile Justice Reform Project and the National School of Judges of Ukraine.


This event was the third training session and continued the series of training of judges on criminal proceedings regarding minors that are part of the National School of Judges’ periodical training.


During the training, judges familiarized themselves with the International Standards and best practices related to juvenile justice and discussed relevant problems of the substantive and procedural laws of Ukraine. Participants of the training discussed practical aspects of concluding reconciliation agreements with accused minors, recommendations on a child-friendly court room design, application of child-friendly procedures, peculiarities of discharge of juveniles from criminal responsibility, and sentencing options for juveniles.


Vice-rector of the National School of Judges Volodymyr Mazurok, Judge of the High Specialized Court in Civil and Criminal Matters Stanislav Mishchenko, Acting Chief-Judge of Zaporizhia Oblast Court of Appeal Serhiy Hrytsenko, Canadian Field Adviser of the Ukraine Juvenile Justice Reform Project Robert Lutes opened the training.


The list of trainers who conducted this training includes: Judge, Secretary of the Criminal Chamber of the High Specialized Court in Civil and Criminal Matters Valentyna Shchepotkina, Judge of the High Specialized Court in Civil and Criminal Matters Natalia Kvasnevska, Judge of the High Specialized Court in Civil and Criminal Matters Stanislav Mishchenko, Judge of the Ivano-Frankivsk city Court Lev Kyshakevych, Head of the Department for Support to the Activities of the Deputy Head and Secretary of the Criminal Chamber of the High Specialized Court in Civil and Criminal Matters Tetiana Slutska, and Canadian Filed Adviser of the Ukraine Juvenile Justice Reform Project Robert Lutes.


All judges who participated in the training obtained certificates of the National School of Judges of Ukraine.




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