Dispute resolution—Ukraine—Q&A guide

The following Dispute Resolution practice note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Dispute resolution—Ukraine—Q&A guide
  • 1. What is the structure of the civil court system?
  • 2. What is the role of the judge and the jury in civil proceedings?
  • 3. What are the time limits for bringing civil claims?
  • 4. Are there any pre-action considerations the parties should take into account?
  • 5. How are civil proceedings commenced? How and when are the parties to the proceedings notified of their commencement? Do the courts have the capacity to handle their caseload?
  • 6. What is the typical procedure and timetable for a civil claim?
  • 7. Can the parties control the procedure and the timetable?
  • 8. Is there a duty to preserve documents and other evidence pending trial? Must parties share relevant documents (including those unhelpful to their case)?
  • 9. Are any documents privileged? Would advice from an in-house lawyer (whether local or foreign) also be privileged?
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Dispute resolution—Ukraine—Q&A guide

This Practice Note contains a jurisdiction-specific Q&A guide to dispute resolution in Ukraine published as part of the Lexology Getting the Deal Through series by Law Business Research (published: June 2021).

Authors: GOLAW—Kateryna Manoylenko ; Kateryna Tsvetkova; Anastasiia Klian

1. What is the structure of the civil court system?

According to the Civil Procedural Code of Ukraine, the civil court system is three-tiered and includes:

  1. local courts;

  2. courts of appeal; and

  3. the Supreme Court acting through the Civil Court of Cassation.

Additionally, there is a specialised court: the High Anti-Corruption Court, which deals with certain types of cases as the court of the first and appellate instances.

In general, civil courts do not have subdivisions according to the subject matter, nature or size of the claim. The only exception is the High Anti-Corruption Court, which considers the cases on recognition assets as unfounded and their recovery into the government revenue. Such cases are considered by the panel of three judges.

Civil cases in the courts of first instance (local courts) are usually considered by a sole judge. Appellate and cassation reviews are carried out by a panel of at least three or more (an odd number) of judges.

Commercial disputes are considered by the local, appellate and cassation commercial courts.

2. What is the role of the judge and the jury in civil proceedings?

In civil proceedings, the judge plays a

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