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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 Coalition for an Independent and Transparent Judiciary calls for Prosecutor’s Office Reforms

25 July 2018 From left to right: Shalva Tadumadze, Chief Prosecutor, Irakli Kobakhidze, Chair of the Parliament, Giorgi Mshvenieradze, Chair of the Coalition, Tamar Chugoshvili, the First Vice-Chairwoman of the Parliament, and Eka Beselia, Chairwoman of the Parliament

On July 24, the Coalition for an Independent and Transparent Judiciary, with the support of USAID/PROLoG and Open Society Georgia Foundation, held a public forum to discuss legislative changes in support of the Prosecutor’s Office Reform. Irakli Kobakhidze, Chair of the Parliament of Georgia, Shalva Tadumadze, the newly appointed Chief Prosecutor, Laura B. Berger, Acting Head of the USAID Democracy, Governance and Social Development Office, Giorgi Mshvenieradze, Chair of the Coalition for an Independent and Transparent Judiciary, and Giorgi Chitidze, the Open Society Georgia Foundation Human Rights Program Manager, opened the conference.

The 2017 amendments to the Constitution of Georgia changed the status of the Prosecutor’s Office, creating the need for legislative changes aimed at supporting this new position and ensuring the independence of the Prosecutor’s Office. The Coalition representatives presented recommendations for reforming the Prosecutorial Council’s composition and functions, and ensuring accountability of the Prosecutor’s Office vis-à-vis the Parliament. Tamar Chugoshvili, First Vice-Chairwoman of the Parliament and Eka Beselia, Chairwoman of the Parliament’s Legal Affairs Committee, engaged in the discussion and invited the Coalition representatives to participate in the working group that will develop legislative drafts in support of the new independent status of the Prosecutor’s Office.  The forum attracted representatives of different branches of the government, legal professionals, experts, and representatives of civil society and donor organizations.   

This was the sixteenth forum in a series organized by the Coalition.  The Coalition unites 40 civil society organizations to promote an independent and transparent judiciary by monitoring relevant judicial practices and advocating for reforms. 

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