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USAID/PROLoG Supports First Meeting of the Justice Coordination Council (Bench & Bar)

06 October 2020 USAID/PROLoG Supports First Meeting of the Justice Coordination Council (Bench & Bar)

On October 2, USAID/PROLoG, in cooperation with the Council of Europe, supported the first meeting of the Justice Coordination Council (Bench & Bar) concerning jury trials. Nino Kadagidze, Chairperson of the Supreme Court, Irakli Shotadze, General Prosecutor and David Asatiani, Chairman of Georgian Bar Association attended the meeting. Adam Schmidt, the Director of Democracy, Governance & Social Development at USAID, addressed the participants, underlining the importance of exchange of opinion among the justice sector representatives.

The participants discussed challenges related to selection of jurors and how to ensure freedom of expression and the right to a fair trial during jury trials. The parties agreed on the following issues:

  • Importance of raising the level of public awareness about jury trials;
  • Tightening the policy of recusal and the requirement of grounds for recusal;
  • The necessity to form two working groups: one on legislative changes and the other on amendments to existing procedures;
  • Importance of establishing unified practice;
  • The necessity to have more courtrooms equipped for jury trials.

In July 2020, USAID/PROLoG and the Council of Europe supported the establishment of the Coordination Council, a platform enabling judges, prosecutors, and lawyers to discuss important legal matters in an open and cooperative environment. USAID/PROLoG will continue to support future meetings of the Justice Coordination Council.    

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