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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

GYLA presents the Court Monitoring Findings

17 October 2019 From left to right: Adam Schmidt, USAID; Sulkhan Saladze, Merab Kartvelishvili, GYLA.

On October 9, the Georgian Young Lawyers Association (GYLA) presented the 13th Criminal Trial Monitoring Report for the period of March 2018-March 2019. The trial monitoring project, supported by EWMI-PROLoG covers courts in Tbilisi, Kutaisi, Batumi, Gori, and Telavi. It aims to detect trends in court proceedings from the perspective of protection of due process rights. The presentation attracted the attention of representatives of the judiciary, the Prosecutor’s Office, and the Georgian Bar Association. Sulkhan Saladze, the Chair of GYLA, and Adam Schmidt, Director of Democracy, Governance and Social Development at USAID Georgia opened the event, which included panel discussions on preventive measures, judicial control over plea agreements and lawfulness of arrests, problems of legislation and practice in the area of drug-related offences. The report revealed a high rate of imposition of detention and bail (98%); a high percentage of cases where judges did not examine lawfulness of arrests (83%); and rare cases where judges discussed the lawfulness and fairness of a sentence during plea agreement hearings. The report also identified frequent delays in case hearings, and higher bail and fines imposed for drug-related crimes compared to other offences. The monitoring revealed some improvements in the area of domestic violence cases, particularly for first appearance hearings related to domestic offences, indicating that the state has improved the crime detection rate in this area. GYLA is planning to hold similar presentations in the regions of Georgia, while continuing to observe criminal trials in the same locations.   

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