Coalition calls for Suspension of the ongoing Judicial Selection
We call on the Prosecutor’s Office of Georgia to provide society with complete information on the issues of particularly high public interest, such as statistical data on the number of complaints received by the entity, as well as the actions taken and the number of persons held responsible for the facts of torture and inhuman treatment in the prisons of Georgia.
The Coalition for an Independent and Transparent Justice was closely observing the process of selection of candidates for the 61 vacant judicial positions taking place at the High Council of Justice. We would like to voice our findings and once again indicate the significant gaps revealed during the interviews with the candidates.
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.
|6 May 2019|