In her welcome speech, she noted that analysis of the judicial reform revealed the ways of continuation of the reform and the type of the judicial system to be formed. “This forum is dedicated to the most important issue. Today, we are equipped with all necessary experience enough to declare about what type the judicial reform shall be. Now, when we have already undertaken all three stages of the reform, we composed the new Council of Justice and the judicial authority ready to continue reforming, I believe it will be easy to witness the progress we achieved”.
The Committee was actively involved in all the stages of reforming and is ready to further participate. “As to sundry important issues, we intend to unify and work on. First of all, we shall deal with case distribution in the courts and proceed to reforming of the High School of Justice reform, improvement of disciplinary cases and Council of Justice matters. The strategy of the Court and the action plan of the Council of Justice constitute the agenda which is close to the action plan of the Committee already approved in the Parliament and the most important part of it is dedicated to the further judicial reforming. So, we are unified to declare that we continue the process”.
She stated that the number of application of non-custody remedies and refusal to mediation of the Prosecutor’s Office by the Court has increased. The number of preliminary detention of the juveniles has never been so low. “It is an important index when the citizens win the cases versus the state. The figures bear the tendencies. When we state that we continue the reform, it means that we see the progress and go on to further increase the judicial standard and create better guarantees for justice for our citizens to make them feel benefits of the judicial reform”.
Speaking about e-distribution of cases, she noted that it is the greatest step ahead and the process launched in Rustavi City Court will apply countrywide.
he emphasized the progress of Georgia in terms of oversight on enforcement of the orders and judgments of the ECHR reflected in the report by the French MP of PACE, Pierre-Yves Le Borgn'. “We have another direction in the spotlight – the situation regarding enforcement of the orders and judgments of the ECHR we achieved progress with. Georgian Parliament, since 2016 has established the best standard of Parliamentary oversight not only in the region and EaP member states. Various European states of long-term and resolute democracy fail to achieve the standard we established”.
She noted that the Committee and the Parliament are committed to be actively involved in this new project as in legislative so in oversight terms. “The project launched by the Council of Europe will facilitate to continuation of the judicial reform and support the process. I would like to express my gratitude to every person supporting justice. Henceforth, we will be the partners, supporters and participants of the project and finally we all will gain the benefits envisaging strong, independent justice”.
The Head of CoE Georgia Office, Cristian Urse opened the event. The Chair of the Supreme Court, Nino Gvenetadze; the Minister of Justice, Tea Tsulukiani; the Head of Judicial Reform Office of the CoE Justice and Legal Cooperation Department, Lilit Danegyan-Bosler and the International Secretary of the Bar Association, David Asatiani delivered the speeches. The project aims:
The project envisages various activities, such are working meetings, dialogue between the colleagues/judges, consultative and round table discussions, conferences, training visits etc.
The project will be implemented with partnership and cooperation with the municipal authorities, namely the HCJ, Supreme Court, Legal Committee, Ministry of Justice and Bar Association, as well as other parties concerned: independent experts, civil society, academic circles and international organizations.
Through this project, CoE continues support of judicial reform in Georgia during the next 32 months. The project is financed with good will donations by Bulgaria, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Norway, Slovakia and Sweden, aiming at implementation of CoE action plan for 2016-2019.