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Participants of USAID/PROLoG’s October Judicial Exchanges Share their Experiences with Colleagues

31 December 2018 Participants of USAID/PROLoG’s October Judicial Exchanges Share their Experiences with Colleagues

In October 2018, USAID PROLoG brought 8 Georgian first instance judges to Washington DC as part of its expanded judicial exchange activities. USAID/PROLoG seeks to ensure that the knowledge gained through each activity reaches beyond the participants of the exchanges and asks the participants to share key lessons with others. In that connection, the following activities recently took place.

On December 19, Akhalkalaki District Court Chair Ararat Esoyan organized a meeting with colleague judges, court staff and notary working in Akhalkalaki. Judge Esoyan described lessons learned during his USAID/PROLoG judicial exchange. The meeting focused on experience concerning court-mandated mediation in the U.S. and the possibility of its adoption in Georgia, namely in the Notary field. Notary in Georgia are involved in mandatory mediation on land-related disputes at the public registry, hence their presence was essential considering the topic of the meeting.

On December 21, Akhaltsikhe District Court judge Marika Chitashvili shared her knowledge and experience with judges, prosecutors, lawyers, court staff and students who are currently undergoing internship at the Akhaltsikhe District Court. The meeting focused on legal topics namely, maintaining the adversarial principle at hearings, selection of jury, advantages of the mandatory mediation and other topics. Akhaltsikhe District Court judge Natia Merabishvli, participant of the similar USAID/PROLoG study tour in April 2018 also attended the meeting and shared her experience and impressions from the April visit.

On December 25, Tetritskaro District Court judge Sophio Gagnidze organized a meeting with colleague judges, judicial assistants and clerks, prosecutors, lawyers, as well as representatives of Tsalka Social Service and Tetritskaro Munucipality. Judge Gagnidze reviewed the U.S. Federal Judicial System, rules and criteria for the appointment of judges, the judicial disciplinary system, rules and procedure for domestic violence cases, importance of mandatory mediation and alternative dispute resolution.

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