Volodymyr Rudnychenko, Counsel at INTEGRITES, delivered a lecture “Evidential force of facts collected during the white-collar crime’s private investigation procedure” for the audience of Legal High School.
During his lecture, he mentioned that according to part 2 of Article 22 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine the evidence procedure includes collection, check and evaluation of evidences in order to substantiate the facts. He named the key facts that are subject to be proved: the occurrence of a criminal offense (time, place, method and other circumstances of a criminal offense commitment) the guilt of the accused in the criminal offense commitment, the form of guilt, the motive and purpose of the criminal offence; type and the amount of damage caused by a criminal offense, as well as the amount of procedural costs. Speaking about private investigation, the parties of the criminal proceeding should act in accordance with the Criminal Procedure Code of Ukraine if they want such evidences to be considered as acceptable.
Making conclusion of the lecture, Volodymyr Rudnychenko, mentioned, “There is no perfect procedure to conduct private investigation efficiently. Only personal experience may help the attorney to understand which strategy to use. The most important thing that one should remember that the facts or evidences collected through the private investigation procedure should comply with the requirements stipulated in the Criminal Procedure Code of Ukraine”.