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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

EWMI/PROLoG Supports Workshop on Expansion of Legal Aid Service Mandate and Lawyer Appraisal System

09 August 2017 Mariam Kobaladze of CRRC presents findings of the study

On August 4-6, EWMI/PROLoG hosted a three-day workshop in Borjomi between the State-funded Legal Aid Service (LAS) and the judiciary. The purpose was to discuss the upcoming expansion of the LAS mandate into civil and administrative law, to present the findings of a PROLoG-organized study by the Caucasus Research Resource Center (CRRC) to identify challenges related to the upcoming expansion, and to find solutions to facilitate the expansion in close cooperation with the judiciary.  On the first day, the LAS board and management representatives met to develop their position on the precise areas of expansion and to identify the issues to be discussed with judges the next day. On the second day, 30 judges from Tbilisi and the regions joined the meeting. Mariam Kobaladze and Dimitri Gugunava from CRRC presented the findings of the study on challenges related to the LAS expansion. CRRC identified the most problematic civil and administrative issues to be addressed by LAS as: cases involving the protection of property rights and property registration; healthcare issues; labor issues; civil and administrative cases derived from the anti-discrimination legislation; rights of persons with disabilities; compensation for damage caused by natural disasters; and restrictive and protective orders for victims of domestic violence. Meliton Benidze, LAS Director, presented the existing practice, statistics and opinions of the LAS regarding the expansion of the mandate. Tamar Khazhomia, judge of Tbilisi City Court’s Administrative Collegium, presented recommendations and raised several issues to be addressed during the expansion of the LAS mandate.  During the third day, the LAS board and management representatives gathered to discuss the results of a pilot project on employee appraisal for LAS lawyers. The participants agreed on concrete steps that will be taken for the establishment of the appraisal system. The participants agreed that lawyers from LAS bureaus will act as appraisers, those lawyers will also have their own cases, and that case bank forms will be prepared an alternative to having individual lawyers draw up protocols. The LAS Board also finalized its draft amendments to the Law on Legal Aid Service, which will be presented to the Parliament during the Fall session.

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