The Verkhovna Rada at a meeting on Thursday, February 9, in the first reading adopted the draft law (№5336-1) on the constitutional court of Ukraine. According to «Interfax-Ukraine», «for» voted 239 deputies at the plenary session of the Ukrainian Parliament.
As noted by the presidential administration after a group of deputies of the legislative initiative, the bill implementeret changes in the Constitution in terms of justice, entered into force on 30 September 2016, regarding the organization and activities of the COP, status of judges of the constitutional court, establishes the norms concerning the bases and procedure for appeals to court, procedure of consideration of cases and execution of judicial decisions.
One of the authors of the bill, MP Sergey Alekseev (fraction «Block of Petro Poroshenko», the Committee on legal policy and justice), explained that it is proposed to expand the powers of the constitutional court, in particular, to endow it with the power to review constitutional complaints, to deliver opinions on the compliance of the Constitution of Ukraine the issues that are proposed for presentation at the all-Ukrainian referendum on popular initiative.
«At the same time from the jurisdiction of the constitutional court seized uncharacteristic of a function is the interpretation of the laws. Interprets laws judicial practice,» said co-author of the draft law.
However, he added that the amended organizational structure of the SIC in the composition of the court will act in the Grand chamber – all 18 judges, two of the Senate for 9 judges each, and 6 panels-3 judges each.
«The Grand chamber of the constitutional court of Ukraine considers issues of fact within the powers of the constitutional court defined by the Constitution. The Senate KSU addresses issues of compliance with the Constitution and laws of Ukraine on the constitutional complaint of the person. The bench of the constitutional court – issues on the opening of constitutional proceedings in cases upon constitutional submission, the constitutional appeal, the constitutional complaint,» explained Alekseev.
We will remind, in December of 2016 the Venice Commission at its meeting on 9 December supported the draft law «On the constitutional court of Ukraine», developed by experts of the Council for judicial reform under the President.
Rada adopted the bill on the COP intends to introduce the Institute of constitutional complaints of citizens 09.02.2017