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USAID/PROLoG Supports GBA Justice and Judicial Reforms Committee to Develop Strategy and Action Plan

08 October 2021 USAID/PROLoG Supports GBA Justice and Judicial Reforms Committee to Develop Strategy and Action Plan

On October 7, 2021, the Justice and Judicial Reforms Committee of the Georgian Bar Association (GBA) organized an online presentation of its new strategy and two-year action plan, which were developed with the assistance of USAID/PROLoG expert Irma Okropiridze. The strategy and action plan were developed based on an analysis of recommendations gathered from focus group interviews, the statute of the Justice and Judicial Reforms Committee, and GBA and committee reports. As a result of the work conducted by the Ms. Orkropiridze, the Committee has identified its mission, vision, working principles and values, a format for the future cooperation with focus groups, and strategic goals and tasks.

The presentation was attended by members of the Committee, representatives of GBA governing bodies, and members of other GBA committees. David Asatiani, GBA Chairman, and Ekaterine Lortkipanidze, USAID/PROLoG Institutions Development Specialist, addressed the participants during the opening session. Mr. Asatiani spoke about the GBA’s role in the judicial selection process and underlined the importance of the work of the Committee in this regard. Ms. Okropiridze then presented the documents developed with her assistance, including a report based on the conducted focus group interviews with lawyers, judges, public defender’s office representatives, legal aid provider NGOs, members of GBA other committees, and the committee, as well as the strategy and action plan documents.

The strengthening of GBA Committee work is supported by USAID/PROLoG, which aims to create a system that will help the GBA maintain regular and effective communication with its members, improve the quality of products produced by its Committees, and establish rules and procedures that will ensure GBA Committees are represented in legislative reform processes through the drafting of quality assessments and recommendations. USAID/PROLoG has been working with the GBA to strengthen its capacity since 2015.

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