One of the conditions for a comprehensive and fair examination of cases is the widespread use of special scientific and technical knowledge from various fields. An effective form of their use in legal proceedings is judicial expertise. Involving experts, and therefore specialists in a particular field, provides an opportunity to comprehensively and fully clarify the circumstances of the case and resolve disputed issues.
In order to discuss the specifics of the appointment of forensic examinations in various types of legal proceedings, a thematic interdepartmental scientific and practical workshop was organized on the basis of Kyiv Scientific Research Institute of Forensic Expertise.
In a welcoming speech, Oleksandr Ruvin, Director of KFI, noted that the need for a systematic analysis of the institution of forensic examination, in particular the appointment of forensic examinations in various types of proceedings, is due to the changes incurred by domestic legislation in recent years.
The report of the Deputy Director of KFI Tetiana Holikova was devoted to the problematic issue of organizing and conducting forensic examinations in the light of changes in Ukrainian legislation.
The main task of the system of justice is to ensure the consideration and resolution of cases for the issuance of a lawful and reasonable decision in order to protect the rights, freedoms or interests of individuals, the rights and interests of legal entities, as well as the interests of the state. Achieving this goal is possible only if the efforts of courts of all levels, investigative bodies of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, the Security Service of Ukraine, prosecutor’s offices and other institutions are coordinated.
Therefore, specialists from the Ministry of Justice of Ukraine, the National Police of Ukraine, the Security Service of Ukraine, the General Prosecutor’s Office of Ukraine, the Cassation Criminal Court of the Supreme Court of Ukraine, the Cassation Court of the Supreme Court of Ukraine, the Cassation Economic Court of the Supreme Court of Ukraine and the State Fiscal Service of Ukraine were invited to participate in the workshop.
The invited guests of the Ministry of Justice of Ukraine were Olha Stelmakh, Deputy Head of the National Security Directorate – Head of the Department of Regulatory, Legal, and Methodological Support of Forensic Expertise and Nataliia Tkachenko, Head of the Department of Organizational and Administrative Support of the Forensic Activities of the Office of Bankruptcy.
The participants discussed issues regarding the designation of forensic examinations in the light of changes in the Economic Procedural Code of Ukraine, the Civil Procedure Code of Ukraine, the Code of Administrative Justice of Ukraine and other legislative acts.
The importance of carrying out such practical measures is beyond doubt, since finding the truth is possible only through joint work and the search for solutions to problematic issues. We thank all the participants of the workshop “Features of the appointment of forensic examinations in different types of proceedings” and we hope to continue the collegial work as well.