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Disciplinary Committee of Judges of Common Courts of Georgia

Georgian Bar Association

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Coalition for an Independent and Transparent Judiciary

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Arbitration Initiative Georgia

Arbitration Initiative Georgia

Union Sapari Conference on “Challenges Identified in Civil Litigation Involving Domestic Violence”

28 March 2019 Union Sapari Conference on “Challenges Identified in Civil Litigation Involving Domestic Violence”

On March 19, Union Sapari, under the USAID/PROLoG-funded legal aid project “Comprehensive Approach to the Violence against Women and Girls,” held a conference on the "Challenges Identified in Civil Litigation Involving Domestic Violence." Giorgi Chkheidze, USAID/PROLoG Chief of Party, Baia Pataraia, Executive Director of Union Sapari and Judge Eka Zarnadze delivered opening speeches. The conference was organized in the framework of Women's History Month 2019 and highlighted problems that frequently arise during civil and administrative litigation when dealing with cases of domestic violence, such as: alimony, defining child’s residence, court fees, etc.

Along with Sapari, representatives of the Georgian Young Lawyers’ Association (GYLA) and Partnership for Human Rights (PHR) also spoke. The conference featured two panels. The first addressed on the role of the Social Service Agency in family disputes, and focused on problems including the quality of the reports presented by the social workers and psychologists; non-enforcement of court decisions; difficulties in determining the place of residence of the child. The second panel—gender dimension of access to justice—discussed the gender perspective in family disputes, and challenges related to the court fee in cases of determining paternity and restriction of parental rights. The conference once again revealed the challenges and shortcomings in legislation that requires systemic solutions in order to ensure the protection of women and children’s rights.

Representatives of the Ministry of Internally Displaced Persons from the Occupied Territories, Labour, Health and Social Affairs of Georgia, Ministry of Internal Affairs, the court, local authorities and the Prosecutor’s Office attended the event and were actively engaged in the subsequent discussion.

 

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