The Committee accomplished the interviewing of the candidates for the Supreme Court Judge with hearing the 20th candidate, Gocha Jeiranashvili.
The Chair, Anri Okhanashvili introduced the biographic data of the candidate: 18 years of experience, including 10 years as the Judge. The candidate since March, 2009 through January, 2018 was the Judge of Akhaltsikhe Regional Court and since December, 2009 through January, 2018 carried authority of the Chair of the Court; since January, 2018 he is the Judge of the Criminal Case Panel of Tbilisi Court of Appeals.
MPs asked about: his activity including as the senior inspector on juvenile cases and senior investigator in Samtskhe-Javakheti District Prosecutor’s Office; his decisions including consideration of the Strasbourg Court orders and international conventions; capacity reform and respective challenges; Criminal Code norms; Istanbul Convention; Supreme Court practice; positive discrimination; UN Convention on Rights of Persons with Disabilities and its ratification by the Parliament; interviews with the candidates in the Parliament; situation in judicial system in 2004-2012; adversarial and inquisitional models in criminal cases; Venice Commission recommendations on selection of the Judges; challenges in the Supreme Court etc.
The sitting was attended by the Majority and Minority Factions, independent MPs and NGOs Coalition “For Independent and Transparent Justice”.
The candidate also answered the questions of the citizens introduced by A. Okhanashvili.
After the interview, the Chair resumed the process as “public”: “First of all, I would like to thank Georgian Dream for implementing unfeasible: opening of the interviews with the candidates and making this process public and allowing the society monitoring it. It is the merit of Georgian Dream. I am honored and proud to be the part of this team working on these changes and it is the merit of our Government that this process has been held as the public process, people’s process and our society had the opportunity to see to the interviews and get cognizant with the candidates. Correspondingly, it is the first achievement of our team of this widest scale – first in history of Georgia”.
He thanked all the parties involved in the interviews and stated that for two months, the interviews have been held and his and Majority MPs’ position is that the voting shall not be held in an accelerated manner.
“We intend to hold consultations with Committee members and subjects concerned and hence, appoint the Committee sitting within the reasonable term for voting”.
The Committee has already heard 20 candidates starting on September 23 and interviewed: Tamar Alania, Merab Gabinashvili, Shota Getsadze, Miranda Eremadze, Mamuka Vasadze, Maia Vachadze, Tamar Zambakhidze, Shalva Tadumadze, Zaza Tavadze, Vladimir Kakabadze, Levan Mikaberidze, Giorgi Mikautadze, Paata Silagadze, Nugzar Skhirtladze, Lali Papiashvili, Nino Kadagidze, Lasha Kochiashvili, Ketevan Tsintsadze, Alexander Tsuladze and Gocha Jeiranashvili.
The interviews have been held according to the American model and monitored by the OSCE/ODIHR representatives.