CHESNO. Filter the Judiciary! is a long-term campaign of public control aimed at activating the public to cleanse of the judiciary from dishonest judges and establish a fair trial in Ukraine.
CHESNO.Filter the Judiciary! Campaign was initiated by the Centre for Democracy and Rule of Law within the CHESNO Movement and was launched in June 2016 the amendments to the Constitution in the area of justice and the new law on the judiciary and the status of judges were adopted. CHESNO.Filter the Judiciary! is guided by the best practices of the CHESNO movement. It monitors the progress of reforms, analyses so-called “servants of Themis” and candidates for their positions; it oversees the course of competitions and keeps up to date judiciary-related matters in the media landscape.
One of the tasks we have set for ourselves is to collect and analyse information on all judges of Ukraine who now are over seven thousand people in total. For this purpose, we have developed five criteria for assessing the integrity of judges: purity of corruption or criminal offences; non-involvement in the adoption of dubious rulings; conformity of lifestyle and declared income and transparency of wealth; non-participation in violation of human rights; adherence to professional ethics standards.
The 2017 campaign was focused on the competitive examination for the seats in the Supreme Court, the highest judicial body established in the course of the reform. Campaign analysts have analysed information on all 653 candidates, and analytical references prepared by CHESNO.Filter the Judiciary! became the source of data on candidates for justice seats used by the High Qualifications Commission of Judges, which is directly responsible for the examination, and also, by the Public Integrity Council exercising public control over it.
Co-ordinator of the Public Integrity Council Halyna Chyzhyk is a representative of CHESNO.Filter the Judiciary! Campaign in this body and provides organizational support for the Council’s activities.
One of the priorities for us is to clean up and fill the judiciary with people of a new quality. CHESNO.Filter the judiciary! stands up for this principle before the society and the specialized bodies responsible for the selection of new judges and the dismissal unscrupulous ones from judicial positions. Overseeing the process of cleaning, the activists from CHESNO.Filter the Judiciary! follow the cases concerning the judges who broke the law, and attract public and journalists’ attention to litigation on the judges themselves. During the competitive examination, CHESNO.Filter the Judiciary! calls upon lawyers and scholars who were not previously associated with the old judicial system, to introduce new quality into legal proceedings. It thereby advocates for ensuring the equality and fairness of access to judicial positions.
In order to ensure its representation in the regions and gather information on local judges, CHESNO.Filter the Judiciary! set up an all-Ukrainian network of coordinators of the Campaign in 23 regions of Ukraine. Public activists who are representatives of CHESNO.Filter the Judiciary! together with its fellow analysts in Kyiv, have gathered information about all the courts and judges in Ukraine, which became the basis for the Map of Judicial System of Ukraine with the most up-to-date and relevant data on the addresses and contact details of courts of all levels, schedules of their work, judges and other information.
The CHESNO movement was launched in 2011 to clean up the parliament from undignified delegates within the “Filter the Rada!” Campaign. As a result, the campaign identified over 900 unscrupulous members of parliament; some of them were not even included in party lists, and the united opposition has undertaken to comply with the CHESNO criteria during the parliamentary elections. Following the election of the parliament of the VII convocation, the activists continued to control the activities of newly elected people’s deputies under the slogan “Filter the Power!” putting forward the issue of the personal voting of deputies. During early presidential and parliamentary elections in 2014, the CHESNO Movement focused on increasing the financial transparency of candidates for president and political parties as well as the legislative regulation of financial reporting in Ukrainian politics. In the course of the local elections in 2015, the CHESNO Movement analysed candidates for up to 32 local councils. More information on the history of the Movement can be found here.