On 13 June 2014, Anton Zhdanov, Senior Associate at Sayenko Kharenko, spoke at the 4th West-Ukrainian Legal Forum, presented by the Ukrainian Bar Association (UBA) and held in Lviv.
For the fourth year in a row, lawyers from Western Ukraine and their colleagues from other regions visited Lviv to discuss the most important and most urgent issues of the legal market and legal practice in Ukraine. This year’s forum gathered more than 160 participants, who included leading law professionals, top-managers and partners of successful law firms, state officials and judges.
In his report, Anton Zhdanov presented interim results of the EU-funded project: "Implementation analysis of Ukrainian Criminal Procedural Code" (the “CPC”).
Sayenko Kharenko’s experts began monitoring the application of the CPC in November 2013 and for the past 6 months found out the following outstanding problems: unjustified restrictions of the defending party’s rights and giving preference to the prosecution party; non-disclosure of suspicion while conducting pre-trial investigations; violating the rights of juveniles in detention and/or conducting investigations; failure to comply with the Criminal Procedure Code while applying measures during investigations; failure to comply with general procedures while issuing service documents; inefficient procedural management, etc.
In November 2013, Sayenko Kharenko was contracted to implement a 12-months long EU-funded project: "Implementation analysis of Ukrainian Criminal Procedural Code". The project’s purpose is to monitor court cases and analyse the way the CPC and related legislation's provisions are interpreted and applied as well as to provide practical recommendations for its improvement. The project ends in September 2014.