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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

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

25 May 2018 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.

Each of the four trip participants spoke about some of the key lessons learned during the study trip, with mediation being a major focus. The judges talked about the role of mediation in reducing case backlog and the need for improved legislation to strengthen the mediation process in Georgia. They also suggested identifying categories of cases that can be resolved through simpler procedures using magistrate judges. Judge LevanMikaberidze said that based on his experience in the U.S. he will strengthen his practice of informing parties of the potential outcomes of their case, offering conciliation terms to the parties, and suggesting that parties agree to resolve their dispute. He said that doing so will save time and effort by dispelling parties’ unrealistic expectations.

In addition, Judge Nino Kanchaveli talked about how information technology can be used to improve workflow. She also talked about the role of the Federal Judicial Center in supporting the judiciary, and how specialized Family Courts are very effective at resolving those difficult cases. Judge Dali Abzhandadze also talked about the way that bench-bar meetings allow judges and lawyers to work together to strengthen the judiciary; she said that the whole process is designed to resolve problems. Judge Maia Gigauri spoke approvingly of the public’s right to criticize judges and how research tools that allow parties to electronically access court judgments can increase the early resolution of cases by allowing parties to see the outcome of similar cases. Judge Mikaberidze also spoke about the very important relationship between judges and lawyers in the U.S. and the U.S. public’s high trust in their judges. He said he will now focus on improving the quality of his decisions instead of focusing on quantity.

The trip participants also shared hard copies of the most useful documents provided to them by PROLoG and the host institutions, and said they would share soft copies of all the documents they received. The trip participants strongly encouraged their fellow judges to participate in USAID/PROLoG’s upcoming judicial exchanges if they have the opportunity.

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