International Development Law Organization

Criminal Justice Reform

17 Aug 2015

In Ukraine, as in most post-Soviet states, the role of the Public Prosecutor is oversized in relation to the Judiciary and the rest of the legal community. The institution is historically prone to abuse of power and corruption, and skewed towards protecting the interests of the state over those of society or the individual. Regard for human rights is scant; fair trial standards are rarely applied. As a consequence, public dissatisfaction is rife. Current political will to change the system has opened up an opportunity for meaningful reform. In light of this, we are providing technical expertise to the reform team established within the Prosecutor General’s Office in Kiev, with a view to promoting effectiveness and good practice.