High Council of Justice

Georgian parliament overturns president’s veto of judicial bill

By | February 13th, 2017|Categories: Legal reform|Tags: , , , |

(Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Opposition parties in the former Soviet republic of Georgia warn that the independence of the courts will be weakened after the ruling party overturned the president’s veto against a judicial reform bill. The so-called third wave of judicial reform was vetoed […]

Plaintiffs give up suits after years of waiting for overloaded Tbilisi court

By | July 20th, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , |

Irakli Kandashvili, member of the executive council of Georgian Bar Association. TBILISI, DFWatch–Filing a lawsuit with the courts in Tbilisi might mean a long wait, due to a lack of judges and resources. People who file lawsuits in the Georgian capital might have to wait for years to see their case reach a conclusion. […]

Chief judge at Tbilisi City Court fired

By | February 24th, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: , , , |

Mamuka Akhvlediani. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–The chief judge at Tbilisi City Court was fired on Tuesday, sparking speculation that it might have something to do with his recent statements about corruption in the court and other controversial topics. Twelve members of the High […]

Georgian govt plans controversial new control mechanism in the courts

By | May 25th, 2015|Categories: Legal reform|Tags: , |

Head of Supreme Court Nino Gvenetadze doesn’t see any threats in the new bill. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–The government in Georgia is planning a new court reform, which will involve creating a new body to conduct oversight over the judges. Georgia already has an control mechanism over the court system. It is called the High Council of Justice, […]

New US-trained judge candidates taking exams in Georgia

By | September 20th, 2014|Categories: In brief, News|Tags: , |

The High Council of Justice is the highest authority in Georgia’s legal system, not the Supreme Court. TBILISI, DFWatch–A new cohort of judge candidates are taking qualification exams September 20 and 27, under the auspices of the High Council of Justice. The exams are held at the Technical University’s first building and for the first time conducted electronically. […]

Georgia to elect new member of High Council of Justice

By | January 3rd, 2014|Categories: News|Tags: |

The High Council of Justice is to get a new member. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–The Georgian president Giorgi Margvelashvili January 3 announced a competition to select one member of the High Council of Justice. According to a statement published by the president’s administration, the candidate will be selected among professors […]

Twelve new judges elected in Georgia

By | November 20th, 2013|Categories: News|Tags: , |

Chairman of the Georgian Supreme Court, Kote Kublashvili. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Georgia’s High Council of Justice on Tuesday elected 12 new judges. There were 59 candidates present at the session. Each candidate needed at least ten votes out of the 13 members of the council in order to be elected. 41 out of the 59 candidates […]

Two seats still vacant in Georgia’s court oversight council

By | June 15th, 2013|Categories: Legal reform, News|Tags: |

TBILISI, DFWatch–In Georgia, two seats still remain vacant in the High Council of Justice after an election that has been going on for two weeks. Four more members were elected by parliament in the second round, but due to objections by representatives from […]

Court reform set to be enforced against Saakashvili’s veto

By | May 2nd, 2013|Categories: Legal reform, News|Tags: |

Deputy Justice Minister Sandro Baramidze, one of the people behind the bill, says it will free the courts from political influence. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Parliament in Georgia has overturned President Saakashvili’s veto against legislative amendments about judicial reform. Those behind the amendments claim that they serve to depolarize the court system. According to the draft, which has been passed […]

Ivanishvili alliance to overturn Saakashvili’s veto

By | April 26th, 2013|Categories: Legal reform, News|Tags: |

The session hall in parliament in Kutaisi. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–The parliament in Georgia will overturn President Saakashvili’s veto against two judicial reform bills on May 1. Irina Imerlishvili, chair of the committee on procedural issues, said at a press conference Thursday that parliament will […]

Saakashvili vetoes new court reforms

By | April 24th, 2013|Categories: News|Tags: |

President Mikheil Saakashvili. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–President Mikheil Saakashvili has vetoed two law amendments passed by parliament as part of an effort to reform the justice system. One bills is about new rules for staffing the High Council of Justice, while the other one has to do with restricting […]

Saakashvili’s party urges president to block three bills

By | April 10th, 2013|Categories: News|Tags: , |

TBILISI, DFWatch–President Mikheil Saakashvili’s party members demand that the he uses his right to veto three important drafts which parliament currently is reviewing, one of which has already been passed. The draft bill about court reform was adopted on Thursday. […]

Georgian parliament passes court reform bill

By | April 7th, 2013|Categories: News|Tags: |

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. […]

Saakashvili removes the bill on courts from the parliament’s schedule

By | March 25th, 2013|Categories: News|Tags: |

Tbilisi, DFWAtch – President Saakashvili on Monday barred Parliament from voting on the bill which according to the government will ‘depoliticize’ courts while United National Movement, the former ruling party […]

Council of Europe rates Georgian court reform

By | March 12th, 2013|Categories: News|Tags: , |

TBILISI, DFWatch–The Council of Europe’s Venice Commission has published its final recommendations on the draft of law amendments which are meant to reform the court system in Georgia and make the courts truly independent. The draft bill will amend the law on Courts […]