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Arbitration Initiative Georgia

Arbitration Initiative Georgia

Participants of the October 2018 Study Tour Share Their Experience with Judicial Assistants and Clerks at the Tbilisi City Court

26 December 2018 Participants of the October 2018 Study Tour Share Their Experience with Judicial Assistants and Clerks at the Tbilisi City Court

On December 19, three Tbilisi City Court judges, participants in the October 2018 USAID/PROLoG study tour to Washington, DC, shared their experience with 22 judicial assistants and clerks at the Tbilisi City Court. These young legal professionals represent the largest group of potential future judges in Georgia, hence it is important to deliver the knowledge judges learn during judicial exchanges to them. USAID/PROLoG Deputy Chief of Party Neil Weinstein, as well as Judicial Education and Exchange Coordinator Bakar Jikia, were also present.

Judge Khatia Ardazishvili discussed her experience at the Family Court in Washington where the study tour participants had an opportunity to attend hearings in family violence cases and observe how U.S. judges were managing the courtroom and communicating with parties. Judge Ardazishvili noted how the U.S. judges adapted their approach and used less formal communication techniques with parties when necessary.

Judge Inga Kvatchantiradze spoke about mandatory court mediation in the U.S. and the importance of increasing the effectiveness of the Georgian system in this regard, especially as alternative dispute resolution solves the majority of disputes in the United States and has significant potential in terms of backlog reduction. Judge Kvatchantiradze also stated that due to Georgian legislation and context, extra thinking and effort is required to incorporate court mediation into administrative proceedings as well.

Judge Diana Parkosadze discussed the exceptional work of the Commission on Judicial Disabilities and Tenure in Washington, DC and the delegation’s meeting with its Executive Director, Kathaee Hudgins. Judge Parkosadze explained that the Commission focuses on the conduct of judges both in and out of courtrooms and has a wide array of punitive and non-punitive sanctions against potentially non-complying judges.

USAID/PROLoG’s next judicial exchange will be organized for second instance judges in March 2019.

 

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