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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

Round Table Discussion with Alumni of USAID/PROLoG Judicial Exchange Activities

07 March 2019 Round Table Discussion with Alumni of USAID/PROLoG Judicial Exchange Activities

On March 1, 2019, USAID/PROLoG organized a round table discussion with alumni of judicial exchange activities. The objective of the meeting was to solicit recommendations for future judicial exchanges; explore opportunities for improving the efficiency of court hearings; and the effectiveness of alternative dispute resolution mechanisms in Georgia.

Fourteen judges from the Tbilisi City and Tbilisi Court of Appeals participated in the discussion. The alumni provided a number of suggestions concerning future exchanges, related to the composition of groups according to specialization and the scheduling of meetings during study tours. Judges also provided valuable ideas for improvement of the efficiency of court hearings in Georgia. These ideas were derived from their observations and meetings with U.S. colleagues during and were related to the submission of motions by parties; distribution of work between judges and court staff at early stages after filing; and the necessity to better educate lawyers and parties on proper courtroom behavior.

During the last session, participants discussed mediation, its effectiveness in the U.S. and limited availability in Georgia. The judges concluded that more incentives are required for parties to increase the number of successfully mediated cases, and that both legislative and practical changes are required to put the process on the right track.

USAID/PROLoG maintains close ties with judicial exchange alumni, and the development of new initiatives based on information acquired through judicial exchanges is a key element of the program.

 

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