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Georgian parliament passes court reform bill

by | Apr 7, 2013

TBILISI, DFWatch–Parliament has finally passed the bill about common courts after months of discussions. But the law still requires the president’s signature in order to come into force, which it is expected that President Mikheil Saakashvili will refuse to provide.

The president is expected to veto the bill, because he and his party have signaled their opposition to it.

April 5, parliament adopted the draft at the third hearing by 82 votes against 24. The opposition MPs went against the draft and they think that the president should use his right to veto the law.

The bill suggests a different way of choosing the members of the High Council of Justice. Lawmakers claim that new regulations will release the court from any type of control and make it more transparent and independent.

The bill has been hotly debated by the two main political blocs who failed to reach any consensus.

Shortly before the parliament debated the bill, the Venice Commission published its recommendations, which were partly taken into consideration by lawmakers.

Now what remains is only to sign the law into force, but the president has already stated that he plans to use his right to veto it.

The Georgian Dream coalition controls enough seats in parliament to overturn the president’s veto, like it did with the amnesty in January.



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