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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

NGOs Propose Recommendations for Reform of the High School of Justice

23 April 2019 From left to right: Keti Kukava, IDFI, Giorgi Kldiashvili, IDFI, Mikheil Benidze, ISFED, Vano Bolkvadze, HSOJ.

On April 18, International Society for Fair Elections and Democracy (ISFED) and Institute for Development of Freedom of Information (IDFI) with USAID/PROLoG’s assistance presented research on the Judges’ Professional Training System in Georgia. Mikheil Benidze and Giorgi Kldiashvili, the Chairs of the organizations, as well as Vano Bolkvadze, Director of the High School of School of Justice (HSOJ), and Adam Schmidt, Director of Democracy, Governance and Social Development at USAID Georgia, opened the event. The research provides an overview of the institutional arrangement and programs of the High School of Justice of Georgia (HSoJ) and presents the main challenges related to its work. The key recommendations of the report are aimed at enhancing the independence of HSoJ and increasing its role in the appointment of judges. The research also considers the admission process and proposes authorizing the School to independently admit listeners. The recommendations are also concerned with the admission criteria for listeners, the length of the training program, the teaching methodology and quality assurance practices. The report provides an overview of international best practices, which was presented by Marina Naumovska, an international expert in judicial education. Vano Bolkvadze, Director of HSOJ, expressed his readiness to hold additional working meetings with the authors of the report to discuss the issues that can be addressed by the School. Some of the recommendations require legislative changes. ISFED and IDFI, together with the other members of the NGO Coalition for an Independent and Transparent Judiciary, will push for the adoption of these recommendations as a part of the Fourth Wave of Judicial Reforms.

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