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High Council of Justice of Georgia

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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

Important Amendments Made to Georgia’s Law on Advocates

01 June 2018 Working group members discussing amendments to the Law on Advocates (from left to right): David Asatiani, Chairman of GBA, Eka Beselia, Chairperson of the Legal Affairs Committee of the Parliament and Levan Mchedeladze, Leading Specialist of the Legal Affa

A package of important amendments to Georgia’s Law on Advocates passed its third hearing vote in the Georgian Parliament. The amendments – made possible through active cooperation between the Legal Affairs Committee of the Parliament, the Georgian Bar Association (GBA), and USAID/PROLoG – will facilitate the institutional strengthening of the GBA. USAID/PROLoG and its predecessor project have actively worked on these amendments since 2012.

 

Under the amendments:

 

  • Higher standards for regulating advocates’ activity were established.
  • Standards for entering the legal profession were improved. Under the amendments, a Georgian citizen who has passed the qualification exams for advocates and completed a one-year professional preparation program may become an advocate. However, persons who have at least three years of experience as a judge of the Constitutional Court of Georgia, a judge of common courts of Georgia, and/or a prosecutor are only be required to complete the three-month theoretical component of the one-year professional preparation program before becoming a lawyer.
  • The term of the chairman of the Ethics Commission was reduced from four to two years, and he/she can now be re-elected only twice. Six alternate members will be elected together with the members of the Ethics Commission, enabling the Commission to continue its activities without interruption if one of the members leaves the Commission.
  • The functions of the Ethics Commission were increased in that its members were given the authority to request information on the basis of motions submitted by the parties. The Ethics Commission also now must reason its decisions and provide its decisions to the parties.
  • The procedures for appealing a disciplinary sanction and the procedures for considering such an appeal at the Disciplinary Panel of the Supreme Court of Georgia were improved.
  • Standards were established for calculating the time in which someone who passes the qualification exams for advocates has to become a lawyer, and the time period for becoming a lawyer was increased.

 

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