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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

The State-funded Legal Aid Service Council and Management Discuss Achievements, Challenges and Future Plans

11 July 2018 Retreat of LAS Council and Management

On July 6-8, the USAID-funded PROLoG project, in cooperation with UNDP, organized a retreat of the newly elected state Legal Aid Service (LAS) Council and LAS management.  The LAS Council ensures the effectiveness, independence and transparency of the LAS, and is made up of members nominated from various legal and judicial organizations. The workshop gave an opportunity for the newly elected members of the Council to learn more about the work of LAS, its achievements and challenges.

A very important discussion was dedicated to the peer review system. Deputy Director of LAS Irakli Shonia presented the details of the LAS lawyer peer review system and the findings of a piloting of that process. The management also discussed the challenges faced with regard to the effective initiation of the peer review process. The new Council members proposed to meet with LAS lawyers and play a key role to mediate between the parties so that an effective review system can be established that will ensure high quality legal services for the socially vulnerable population of Georgia.  

Also, a team building exercise was organized for the LAS management and Council by PROLoG with the participation of a leading Georgian expert, Tornike Guruli. The half-day session will help the Council members play a key role in ensuring the effectiveness of the LAS and helping it achieve its strategic goals and objectives.

In addition, PROLoG and UNDP shared information on the projects supported by donors to institutionally develop and strengthen the LAS, so that the newly elected Council understands the scope of cooperation and can better plan future partnerships.

PROLoG has been working with the LAS since 2015 to build up its institutional capacity and strengthen the quality of legal assistance provided by its lawyers to socially indigent people in Georgia. This meeting was implemented under the PROLoG component designed to improve the management of justice system institutions.

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