Rapid Response Grants

Rapid Response Grants

Rule of Law and COVID-19

Rule of Law and COVID-19

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High Council of Justice of Georgia

High Council of Justice of Georgia

High School of Justice of Georgia

High School of Justice of Georgia

Georgian Bar Association

Georgian Bar Association

Disciplinary Committee of Judges of Common Courts of Georgia

Disciplinary Committee of Judges of Common Courts of Georgia

Coalition for an Independent and Transparent Judiciary

Coalition for an Independent and Transparent Judiciary

National Center for Commercial Law

National Center for Commercial Law

National Center for Alternative Dispute Resolution

National Center for Alternative Dispute Resolution

Arbitration Initiative Georgia

Arbitration Initiative Georgia

Rights Georgia - Monitoring Effectiveness and Accessibility of Georgian Courts in the Period of the COVID-19 Pandemic

Period/Duration:  05.01.2020-08.15.2020

Amount: $3,657

Project description: The project will assess the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on important aspects of the right to fair trial by studying the functioning of Georgian courts under the pandemic-related restrictions. Given the threats of the disease and the limitations introduced by the state of emergency, the High Council of Justice of Georgia adopted several recommendations for the operation of courts: most cases are not heard orally, and where necessary, hearings are conducted online, restricting media and public access to trials.

Rights Georgia will observe electronic hearings and conduct interviews with lawyers, prosecutors, judges, court staff, and journalists. The project will explore such issues as media and public access to court hearings; lawyer-client communication during the trial; courtroom management by judges; communication with defendants deprived of liberty; proper participation and interaction of parties during the trial; translation services for non-Georgian speaking participants; and filing of documents in the court. The project will produce periodic briefs and a final report with a set of recommendations for all parties involved. In addition, an online conference will be held and info-cards, short blogs and vlogs will be produced and circulated in social media to promote the recommendations.

The project is financed through the COVID-19 Rapid Response Grants Program.

USAID
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