February 17, 2011

The European Court of Human Rights has nearly 10,000 pending applications against Ukraine

The judicial reform should include the shortening of the terms of criminal procedures, says the head of the Supreme Court of special consideration of civil and criminal cases of Ukraine, Leonid Fesenko.

“One of the urgent problems that need to be solved within the framework of the judicial reform in the country is to exclude long-term criminal cases.” - said Mr. Fesenko during the meeting with the judges of the Ivano-Frankovsk region.

He stated that the systematic violation of the terms of criminal procedures forces the citizens of Ukraine to appeal to the European Court of Human Rights; there are now 10,000 pending cases in the Court. Thus, Ukraine occupies the 4th place (after Turkey, Russia and Romania) by the number of the appeals to the European Court.