The Coalition responds to the statements made by the representatives of the governing political power, the vice-speaker of Parliament Manana Kobakhidze and the Parliamentary Majority Leader Zviad Kvachantiradze, as well as the Minister of Justice, Thea Tsulukiani, regarding the Constitutional Court of Georgia.
NGOs Request Transparency in the Process of Appointing Judges
The proposed vision does not fully address the witness interrogation problems and at the same time introduces substantially incompatible elements to the current procedural system, which will in the future create numerous important legal and practical problems.
NGOs Reffer to Parliament Regarding the Approval of the Candidate for the Chief Prosecutor
The Coalition negatively assesses the High Council of Justice’s decision from November 16, 2015 to appoint seven judges to Tbilisi Appellate Court based on a non-competitive process. We believe that this process is not only unhelpful for promoting public trust in the judiciary, but also raises questions regarding the objectives and motivation of the HCOJ and overall success of the ongoing reforms in the judicial system.
We, the signatory organizations, are responding to the information distributed by the media on November 8, according to which, Giorgi Mdinaradze, the lawyer with legal aid service had suffered physical injuries at the hands of the policemen.
If the TV station’s current lawyers have their power of attorney for the dispute suspended, it will be a clear violation of the fundamental rights of fair trial and access to court since they will no longer have the possibility of filing an appeal against this ruling or the summary decision.
Media Advocacy Coalition States that it Finds Inadmissible the Interference of the Court in Media Content
The Coalition positively assessed the fact of introduction of Prosecutorial Council and Prosecutors Assembly as collegial bodies representing prosecutors. We hope that this novelty will serve as a mechanism for increasing independence of the Prosecutor’s Office and empowering individual prosecutors with an aim to create an accountable and trustworthy Prosecutorial System.
We are concerned that the statements made by the Prime Minister Irakli Gharibashvili on October 22 may encourage political activists and civil servants, and the attacks on journalists may become more frequent.