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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

Disciplinary Committee of Judges of Common Courts of Georgia

Disciplinary Committee of Judges of Common Courts of Georgia

Georgian Bar Association

Georgian Bar Association

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
2017
08
Sep
Initial Discussions on Draft Amendments to the Law on Advocates with the Parliament of Georgia

On August 19-21, EWMI/PROLoG hosted a three-day workshop in Kobuleti between the Legal Issues Committee of the Parliament of Georgia and the Georgian Bar Association (GBA). The purpose of the meeting was to discuss draft amendments to the Law of Georgia on Advocates and to develop a unified position concerning them, also to secure support of the Legal Issues Committee during the further discussions of the document at the Parliament. The draft amendments were developed with the support of EWMI/JILEP expert Alan Friedman back in 2013 and through EWMI/PROLoG Grant support.     

The GBA and the Committee members had discussions concerning a number of articles of the law that has covered the following issues:

  • Principles of carrying out legal activities;
  • Requirements to be met by an advocate, qualification exams and membership of the bar association;
  • Organizational-Legal form of legal practice;
  • Ethics Commission and disciplinary proceedings against an advocate; procedures for appeal against the disciplinary sanction, procedure for consideration of an appeal;
  • Organization of GBA, general assembly, chairman and executive secretary.

The Parliament is planning to adopt the proposed amendments during its fall session. EWMI/PROLoG will continue to work with the GBA and Legal Issues Committee to support further development of the bar in the process of establishment of highly professional, self-governing institution of legal professionals. 

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2017
29
Aug
Working Group meeting between the Parliament, MOJ and HCOJ on Judicial Reform Main Directions held in Kobuleti

On August 22-23, second meeting of the working group meeting between the Parliament, MOJ and HCOJ on Judicial Reform Main Directions was held in Kobuleti.  The representatives of the legal Affairs Committee, Ministry of Justice as well as fourteen members of the HCOJ participated in the meeting together with the representatives of supporting international organizations/donors.

Legislative reform initiatives to reduce the caseload and backlog, as well as suggestions on improved rules on judicial discipline were introduced and discussed during the workshop. The participants listed specific suggestions which need to be drafted as amendments and discussed among the institutions.

Representatives of the international donor organizations USAID funded EWMI/PROLoG, EU4Justice and CoE supported working meeting and participated at the discussion.  The next working meeting will be organized in coming months to discuss the specific legislative changes related to the topics discussed in Kobuleti and other reform priorities in the justice sector.

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2017
11
Aug
EWMI/PROLoG Supports Advanced Human Rights Training for Judicial Assistants

In 2017, EWMI/PROLoG implemented a human rights training program for judicial assistants at Tbilisi City Court and the Supreme Court of Georgia. The program increased the capacities of judicial assistants in human rights so they can better research human rights standards and apply them in draft judicial decisions. Sixty judicial assistants participated in the series of trainings on different human rights standards and the case law of the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR).

On July 27-28 and August 1-2, EWMI/PROLoG, in partnership with the Office of UN High Commissioner for Human Rights in South Caucasus (UN OHCHR), organized two advanced trainings for a selected group of judicial assistants that showed better knowledge and research skills in human rights during the earlier group work and written assignments. Five judicial assistants from the Tbilisi City Court and 10 judicial assistants from the Supreme Court attended the advanced trainings. Nino Khaindrava, a Georgian lawyer at the ECtHR, and Besarion Bokashvili of UN OHCHR conducted both trainings, which covered the most relevant issues for judicial assistants, including ECtHR decisions against Georgia, the most recent case law and Article 6 of the European Convention on Human Rights (Right to a Fair Trial).

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2017
11
Aug
EWMI/PROLoG Supports Improved Teaching Methodology for Introduction to Law Course

On July 24-25, in the framework of its EWMI/PROLoG grant, Free University organized a two-day workshop for law professors who teach “Introduction to Law” courses at Georgian universities. Seven professors from Free University, ILIA State University and Caucasus University attended the workshop, which served as a forum for discussing the key issues regarding teaching methodology of the course. The “Introduction to Law” course is taught at all Georgian universities for entry-level students, and serves to prepare students for their further legal studies.

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