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Ukrainian judges observe Indiana legal system

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Five Ukrainian judges have been in central Indiana this week examining the U.S. judicial system. The judges, who arrived Nov. 15, have attended an oral argument and luncheon at the Indiana Supreme Court, viewed criminal and civil proceedings in Indianapolis and Noblesville, and visited the Indiana Women's Prison. They are scheduled to leave central Indiana Saturday.

The visiting judges are Liliya Anatoliyivna Andryushyna, Judge, Makeevka City Court; Taras Mykhaylovych Antonyak, Judge, Ivano Frankivsk City Court; Andriy Yuriyovych Malyeyev, Judge and Head of the Court, Ivano-Frankivsk City Court; Volodymyr Mykolayovych Shyyan, Judge and Head of the Court, Kyiv District Court of Poltava; and Serhiy Mykolayovych Yaroshenko, Assistant to Deputy Head Judge of the Criminal Chamber, Appellate Court. Iryna Oleksiyivna Khymchak accompanied them as a facilitator.

The Ukrainian judges also met with Supreme Court Chief Justice Randall T. Shepard, Hamilton Superior Court Magistrate William Greenway, and attorney Julie C. Sipe of the Indiana Judicial Center.

The judges are in Indiana as part of the Open World Program - an exchange program that allows participants to get an inside look at the U.S. judicial system and develop ties with the U.S. judges who host them.

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