The Rada law enforcement committee, while preparing draft law No. 8336 for the second reading, preserved the state monopoly to conduct forensics in top corruption cases. The appointment of such forensics will be hold exclusively through the court.
However, MPs removed a provision regarding the creation of the Unified Register of State Forensics. This is a positive decision, as such a register would only create additional opportunities for disclosure of forensics information and exertion of pressure on experts. Still, it is important to mention that Parliament’s rules of procedure allow the amendments which were rejected by the committee to be put to the vote at the plenary. This means there is still a risk that the amendment on the register might be returned.
The draft law can be put to the vote in the second reading in coming weeks. More details.