On January 9, the High Council of Justice fired judge of the Baryshivskyi district court of Kyiv region Olena Lytvynenko from her position because Lytvynenko’s ruling on SkyUp violated procedural law and jurisdiction rules.
Radio Svoboda reported the First Disciplinary Chamber’s statement, “Judge Olena Lytvynenko in considering an issue of the existence/absence of grounds for taking measures to secure a lawsuit, interfered with the activity of the SkyUp Airlines Ltd, which is prohibited by law.”
Besides, they pointed out that the judge had not taken into account the specifics of the legal relationship that had arisen between the plaintiff and the defendant and, as a result left out of the sight the provisions of special legislation in this area, namely the Air Code of Ukraine.
In late December, the High Council of Justice supported the decision of the First Disciplinary Chamber in bringing the judge to disciplinary liability.
In November, the Chamber applied to the judge a disciplinary penalty in the form of submission for dismissal.
As indicated in the HCJ, judge Olena Lytvynenko ruling to suspend SkyUp’s license to carry passengers, “virtually suspended the airline’s business, i.e. interfered with the company’s activities”, and while considering an issue of the existence/absence of grounds for taking measures to secure a lawsuit, she “took into account only the plaintiff’s position and absolutely ignored the defendant and other passengers’ interests.”
On June 24, the State Bureau of Investigation initiated criminal proceedings against judge of the Baryshivskyi district court of Kyiv region Olena Lytvynenko pursuant to the Scheme investigations.
In summer, Olena Lytvnenko submitted her resignation letter that was to be considered at a July 18 HCJ meeting. Hence, a few days before the hearing, on July 15, she withdrew the letter.
Judge of the Baryshivskyi district court of Kyiv region Olena Lytvynenko suspended the company’s licence on May 24, 2019. At that time, the judge refused to ban the company’s “economic activities on the transportation of passengers by air, until the dispute is settled.” The journalists wanted to address her for comment, but they failed to find her in the workplace. At that time, the court said that Lytvynenko was on vacation.
Besides, the journalists have found an indirect connection between Ihor Kolomoisky and the lawsuit against SkyUp Airlines in the Baryshivskyi district court of Kyiv region.