On March 6, 2020, a round table was held at the Ministry of Justice of Ukraine regarding the discussion of the issues of appointing and conducting forensic examinations.
The event was attended by Deputy Minister for Enforcement Service Andrii Haichenko, Gizo Uglava First Deputy Director of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine, Andriy Kaluzhynsky, Head of the Main Detective Unit of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine, Nataliia Tkachenko, Director of the Department of Expert Assurance of the Ministry of Justice, detectives of NABU, forensic experts of the forensic research institutions of the Ministry of Justice of Ukraine, representatives of the expert service of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, the Security Service of Ukraine, forensic experts of the not state specialized forensic institutions.
In his opening remarks, Andrii Haichenko noted that the Ministry of Justice directs the activities of scientific and expert institutions began to implement reforms in this area: “Expertise is the basis on which justice in Ukraine based. Today the Ministry of Justice sets the trend in this direction. We are carrying out reforms aimed at increasing the efficiency and independence of experts. First of all, we are ready to establish rules that will be followed by all parties with one single goal – the establishment of the rule of law and holding those responsible accountable in case of proof of their guilt. As a result, we want to get the synergy of the law enforcement agency and the Ministry of Justice, which will lead to an increase in the effectiveness of the investigation of criminal proceedings, especially in high-profile cases”.
In the course of the event, those present discussed the following issues:
- the appointment and conduct of economic examinations regarding the confirmation of material damage, commodity research, construction and road technical examinations;
- competencies of experts in resolving issues;
- preparation of materials provided to experts for research, etc.
The representatives of the Kyiv Scientific Research Institute of Forensic Expertise presented the following topics:
- “Features of the appointment and conduct of economic examinations regarding confirmation of material damage”;
- “The main tasks and issues of commodity examination in conducting forensic examinations and expert studies”;
- “Problematic issues when performing examinations for the assessment of real estate objects at the previous date”.
In addition, the participants discussed the issue of novelties in the field of forensic activity, namely involving public organizations in the work of the Central expert and qualification Commission, refusing to review as a form of appeal and instead introducing verification of conclusions. As well as creating a specialized Department of Expert Support for Justice, which will accompany the activities of the examination.
In general, the participants agreed that appropriate platforms for communication and discussion of issues requiring special attention, contribute to the establishment of interaction between forensic experts and detectives, the development of a common vision and principles, the development of common methods and practices, and the increase in the effectiveness of the professional activities of both parties.