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After government change, courts are still biased in Georgia

by | Apr 3, 2013

TBILISI, DFWatch–A new report shows that there were some positive changes in the Georgian judiciary system from June 1 to October 31, 2012, but there still are a lot of problems.

“There are some positive changes in the judiciary system, e.g. the court does not uphold Prosecutor’s Office’s every motion, but it was noticeable generally in cases of former officials,” said Georgian Young Lawyers Association (GYLA) chairman Kakha Kozhoridze Tuesday at presentation of a new report by GYLA and Transparency International Georgia.

Kozhoridze said the monitoring found some defects in the justice system that existed before and still remain.

According to the report, the court was biased when one of the parties to the dispute was a political opponent of the government and in cases involving a major political opponent of the then-ruling party the court did not give equal opportunity to the parties to study the case files.

The study also found that 89.9% of cases partly or completely ended in favor of the government, down from 92.6% of the previous report. TI and GYLA think this is still a quite high rate which may indicate that the court is biased.

“In cases where the government’s interest was revealed, there were some violations by the court. It’s very important to talk about those violations and reference the court on them,” said Eka Gigauri, head of TI.



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