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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

Parliamentary Judicial Reform Working Group Meets in Borjomi to Discuss Judicial Reform Related Legislative Amendments

06 December 2017

On December 3-4, the Parliamentary Judicial Reform Working group held its fourth meeting in Borjomi. During the two-day meeting, the special Judicial Reform Working Group that unites HCOJ members, judges, members of the Parliament, and representatives of the Ministry of Justice, discussed a package of draft legislative amendments that addresses an issue of heavy caseload of courts and grounds for disciplinary liability of judges. The high ranking officials from all three branches of the Government, and representatives of the USAID, US Embassy, and Department of Justice, CoE, EU Delegation and GIZ attended the meeting.

Irakli Kobakhidze, the Speaker of the Parliament, Nino Gvenetadze, the Chief Justice and HCOJ Chair, Giorgi Mikhautadze a the Secretary of the HCOJ, Aleksandre Baramidze, the First Deputy Minister of Justice, Laura Berger, USAID’s Acting Director of the Office of Democracy, Governance and Social Development, Peter Danis, Programme Manager at EU Delegation in Georgia and Christian Urse, the Head of the Council of Europe Office in Georgia addressed the meeting with opening remarks.  

The first day of workshop focused on draft legislative amendments to address the backlog of cases and to improve efficiency in the handling of certain cases at both the first Instance and appellate court levels. The second day involved review of materials gathered from multiple sources regarding grounds for establishing judicial misconduct. Both sessions were led by Eka Beselia, Chair of the Legal Affairs Committee of Parliament. 

From USAID-PROLoG side, Judge (rtd.) Timothy Baland, U.S. expert, shared his knowledge and made recommendations on issues that were considered during the workshop based on American laws, rules and best practices.

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