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There are no heroes in this story, no battle between defenders and enemies of an independent judiciary. However up until now the Supreme Court has remained firmly out of the sphere of influence of the present regime, unlike the High Council of Justice, specialized high courts and others.

Concern was therefore inevitable when the judicial reforms passed without awaiting the Venice Commission assessment in July 2010 seriously increased the powers of the High Council of Justice and reduced those of the Supreme Court.

In October the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe stated that “these new provisions are controversial and have led to allegations that they were inspired by political power games and revenge, as the chairperson of the Supreme Court is widely considered to be close to former Prime Minister, Yulia Timoshenko.” The Venice Commission’s assessment was equally damning.

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