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The President of the Constitutional Court, Dainius Žalimas, congratulated the new President of the Constitutional Court of Ukraine

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The President of the Constitutional Court, Dainius Žalimas, in a letter and during a personal conversation, congratulated Natalia Shaptala on her election yesterday as President of the Constitutional Court of Ukraine. She was elected President following the dismissal of Stanislav Shevchuk from the position of a Judge of the Constitutional Court of Ukraine, who had previously held the position of the President.

“I am pleased that the Constitutional Court of Ukraine has succeeded in resolving the issue of its leadership quickly and effectively, thus dispelling doubts as to whether the preconditions will be created for the inauguration of the elected President of the country. I congratulate you on taking this step to make your Court’s activities more transparent and effective, and to contribute to the restoration of public and international partners’ confidence in the Court,” Dainius Žalimas emphasised when speaking on the telephone with Natalia Shaptala.

Dainius Žalimas congratulated the new President on his behalf, on behalf of the Constitutional Court, and on behalf of the Association of Constitutional Justice of the Countries of the Baltic and Black Sea Regions (BBCJ), whose presidency this year is held by the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Lithuania.

“Let me express confidence that you will enhance the determination of the Constitutional Court of Ukraine to defend the traditions of freedom, democracy, respect for human rights, and the rule of law and strengthen the Western geopolitical orientation of the country. As the Acting President of the Association of Constitutional Justice of the Countries of the Baltic and Black Sea Regions, I express hope that your election will contribute to the renewal of the judicial dialogue in the spirit of the aims and principles of this Association, including the joint initiatives on the European level”, Dainius Žalimas said in his letter of congratulation.

At the plenary session of 14 May 2019, the Judges of the Constitutional Court of Ukraine dismissed Stanislav Shevchuk from office of a Judge of the Constitutional Court of Ukraine on the basis of Point 3 of Paragraph 2 of Article 149(1) of the Constitution of Ukraine (due to a gross violation of discipline, misuse of duties, and failure to perform them properly, which is incompatible with the status of a judge). In the same session, Natalia Shaptala was elected President. The President of the Constitutional Court of Ukraine is elected by secret ballot by the Judges of the Court where the consent of at least half of all the Judges is required.