Statements

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Coalition's Letter to the Venice Commission and OSCE/ODHIR on Draft Law on Selection of Supreme Court Justices

On behalf of the Coalition for an Independent and Transparent Judiciary (hereinafter the Coalition), we would like to address you regarding legislative amendments to the Organic Law of Georgia on Common Courts (hereinafter the draft law), Rules and Procedures of the Parliament of Georgia and Law of Georgia on Conflict of Interest and Corruption in Public Service, which aim to regulate rules and procedures for the selection of Supreme Court justices.

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Coalition Left the Working Format offered by the Speaker of Parliament of Georgia

The Coalition for an Independent and Transparent Judiciary has left the Parliamentary Speaker’s working group for designing Supreme Court Justice selection procedures and criteria because the format did not serve as a means for discussing genuine legislative changes, which are to ensure a merit-based approach to the selection process and its transparent and impartial conduct. 

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Open Letter to the Diplomatic Missions

Civil society organizations and citizens address diplomatic missions accredited in Georgia with regards to circumstamces related to court.

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Government should Exhibit Political will and Clamp Down on Private Recording Blackmail

According to Member of the Parliament Eka Beselia, illegal recording containing her personal and family secrets is being circulated in social networks. According to Beselia, this deliberate and sponsored smear campaign was launched against her through media and social networks shortly after her resignation from the post of the Legal Affairs Committee. She had resigned the post in order to suspend the process of the appointment of Supreme Court judges.

 

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Coalition “For Media Advocacy” Responds to the Statements about Legislative Amendments Related to Defamation

At the beginning of 2019, high-ranking officials made numerous statements regarding the legislative amendments related to defamation.

 

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Coalition is Calling on the Parliament to Immediately Elaborate Rules for the Selection of the Supreme Court Judges

Under the recently amended Constitution the High Council of Justice is responsible for nominating the Chief Justice and Supreme Court judges. 

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The Coalition’s Address to the Parliament

The Coalition for Independent and Transparent Judiciary is concerned by the nomination of candidates for the Supreme Court Justice position by the High Council of Justice (HCOJ) on December 24. The nomination was made without observing any procedure and majority of the candidates nominated are associated with unlawful and unjust justice for the society.

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The Civil Society Urges the Parliament to Stop the Appointment Process of the Supreme Court Justices

Today at the meeting of the High Council of Justice, it was once again demonstrated that a certain group with narrow interests holds an uncontrolled power in the judiciary. Today, with procedural violations, in the pre-New Year period and with expedited procedures, the Council made a decision to nominate 10 candidates for the Supreme Court.

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Coalition Considers Legislative Regulation Needed for the Selection Process of Supreme Court Justices and Chairperson

The new version of the Constitution went into effect at the moment the newly elected President was sworn in. According to it, Supreme Court justices are no longer nominated by the President but rather by the High Council of Justice (HCOJ), and they are appointed for life by the Parliament.

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Coalition for an Independent and Transparent Judiciary Assesses the Prosecution Reform Results

The Parliament of Georgia adopted the Organic Law on Prosecution with the third reading on November 30. The reform was based on the Constitutional reform of 2017-2018, which put the organizational setup and functions of the prosecution system in a new framework. The objective of the Constitutional reform of the prosecution system was ensuring its independence and political neutrality.

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