Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Ukraine's Constitutional Court reconstituted

Ukraine's Constitutional Court judges that were summarily dismissed by Ukraine's President, Viktor Yushchenko, two weeks ago have been reinstated following an injunction issued by a lower court, in what is seen by some as a controversial decision and by others as a win for democracy and rule of law.

By summarily
dismissing three Constitutional Court Judges, Ukraine's President, Viktor Yushchenko, had compromised the independence of Ukraine's Judicial system and denied the Judges concerned natural justice.

Details of the courts ruling are unclear but it was earlier stated that the President had acted unlawfully in that the dismissal of the judges in what was considered by many as an act of deliberate interference in the deliberations of the Court's consideration of the presidential decree dismissing Ukraine's democratically elected Parliament.

It is expected that the decision of the lower court will be appealed in Ukraine's supreme court.

Ukraine's Constitutional Court reconvened today to consider it's deliberations on the legality of the Presidents decrees. Media reports suggest that the announcement of the Courts decision could be postponed once more and will now be made on Friday May 18.