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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
2018
25
May
Tbilisi Judicial Exchange Judges Share Knowledge Gained in the U.S.

In April 2018, eight Georgian first instance judges traveled to the U.S. in USAID/PROLoG’s first study trip under its expanded judicial exchange activities. On May 24, the four Tbilisi City Court judges who participated in that study trip made a presentation to 35 of their fellow judges on the key lessons learned during the exchange.

The presentation was hosted by the Chairman of Tbilisi City Court, Judge Vasil Mshvenieradze who thanked USAID and PROLoG for their ongoing support to the Georgian judiciary. He said that he had already heard a great deal about the exchange – the judges were so excited when they returned that for days it was all anyone talked about. PROLoG Deputy Chief of Party Neil Weinstein also welcomed the participants and shared with them the wide-ranging support that USAID/PROLoG provides to the Georgian judiciary.

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2018
10
May
USAID/PROLoG Hosts Roundtable Discussion with Georgian Bar Association Ethics Commission and Executive Board

On May 4-5, USAID/PROLoG hosted a roundtable discussion between U.S. professional ethics expert James Moliterno and the Georgian Bar Association’s Ethics Commission and Executive Board. The Bar Association representatives and the expert actively discussed the current challenges and steps that should be made to reform attorney disciplinary proceedings, including: the role of the Ethics Commission in settling disciplinary disputes through mediation, the types of disciplinary claims that can be directed to mediation, recommended initiatives to reform disciplinary proceedings, the importance of proportionality in determining sanctions, and the standard of proof during disciplinary proceedings. The participants included the Chairmen of the Georgian Bar Association and its Ethics Commission, members of the Executive Board and Ethics Commission, the GBA Executive Director, and staff lawyers. 

This event was implemented under the PROLoG component designed to improve the management of justice system institutions.

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2018
07
May
Georgian Judges Learn About Best Practices in the U.S. on 14-day Study Tour to New York and Washington, DC

As part of its new judicial exchange component, USAID/PROLoG brought its first group of Georgian judges on a 14-day trip to New York and Washington, DC from April 14-27. The eight first instance judges, who came from across Georgia and included both court chairs and trial court judges, had a busy and diverse itinerary. They learned how U.S. courts and judges deal with heavy caseloads, case assignments, case management and judicial ethics, as well as many other topics.

While in New York, the judges met with court leadership and administrators at the New York state courts and learned about case management, case processing, dispute resolution, and judicial education. The judges also met with U.S. federal court judges and administrators, the chair of the New York State Judicial Institute (New York’s judicial training institution), and representatives of the American Bar Association and Bar Association of the City of New York. The judges also observed court proceedings while in New York, learned about how cases are assigned under both the federal and state case management systems, and toured court buildings. In addition, the judges learned about judicial independence from a judge when they visited Fordham Law School. They also visited the Center for Court Innovation, which is working to simplify the processing of minor offenses.

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2018
04
May
USAID/PROLoG Supports Presentation of Regulatory Impact Assessment Report on Draft Law on Entrepreneurs

On May 2, USAID/PROLoG, in cooperation with the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) and the German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ), supported a presentation at the ISET Policy Institute of the main principles of the draft Law on Entrepreneurs (LoE) and the Regulatory Impact Assessment (RIA) of the draft LoE.

Alexander Baramidze, Deputy Minister of Justice, Mark Mitchell, Acting Deputy Mission Director at USAID/Georgia, and Dr. Thomas Meyer, Program Director of the GIZ Program “Legal Approximation Towards European Standards in the South Caucasus“ welcomed the participants. The speakers highlighted the importance of the new Law on Entrepreneurs for the improvement of Georgia’s business environment and the role of the RIA mechanism for preparing evidence for political decision-makers on the advantages and disadvantages of policy options by assessing their potential impacts.

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