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Zelenskyy signs law dissolving Kyiv’s notoriously corrupt District Administrative Court

Tuesday, 13 December 2022, 21:33
Zelenskyy signs law dissolving Kyiv’s notoriously corrupt District Administrative Court
Volodymyr Zelenskyy, photo by OP

President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said that the story of the District Administrative Court of Kyiv has come to an end, but the reforms in Ukraine will continue.

Source: President Zelenskyy’s nightly video address

Quote: "Today I signed the law adopted by the Verkhovna Rada (Ukrainian Parliament) on the dissolution of the District Administrative Court of Kyiv. This story is over. And the story of reforms continues, even during such a war."

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Background:

  • On 13 December, the Ukrainian Parliament voted to dissolve the District Administrative Court of Kyiv (DACK) and to establish the Kyiv City District Administrative Court. President Volodymyr Zelenskyy signed the law on the same day.
  • The president submitted the draft law on the dissolution of the DACK to the Verkhovna Rada back in April 2021 as "urgent". However, it was not until one and a half years later that the Verkhovna Rada committee reached a conclusion regarding its dissolution, in the same week that the US State Department sanctioned Pavlo Vovk, the notorious head of the DACK.
  • On 12 December, the Verkhovna Rada Committee on Legal Policy supported draft law No. 5369 "On the Dissolution of the District Administrative Court of the City of Kyiv and the Establishment of the Kyiv City District Administrative Court."
  • The dissolved District Administrative Court of Kyiv stated that the parliament’s decision will harm Ukrainians, who "will be deprived of access to justice".

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