The Chair, Anri Okhanashvili introduced the biographic data of the candidate – 10 years of experience. Since November, 2017 she is independent inspector in the High Council of Justice.
According to the procedure, the candidate addressed the attendees: “I am honored to address the Parliament and participate in this process important for the justice system and for Georgia. My career and professional experience started from internship in the Supreme Court and I have passed all the stages that a lawyer can pass in the judicial system”.
MPs asked about the disciplinary responsibility of the judges; judicial ethics; case consideration terms; positive discrimination and the US Supreme Court Judge Orders; UN Convention on Rights of the Persons with Disabilities and the optional protocol; capacity reform; medical and social models of disabilities; challenges in the Court; disciplinary claims of MPs regarding the public statements of the judiciary members of the High Council of Justice; gender equality and gender quoting; 4th wave of the judicial reform; conflict of interests etc.
The questions also concerned about her opinion on: possible pressure on her upon on the position of the inspector by the HCJ, judges or officials; what would she change in judicial practice; what is the motivation for her participation in this competition; what are the criterions for the Supreme Court Judges; whether the Court was independent or polarized in 2004-2012; difference between gender identity and sexual orientation; whether she would change the age limitation for the Judges of the Supreme and Constitutional Courts; explanation of the human dignity; prohibition of the hate language; social state principle and readiness of Georgian legislation for it etc.
The hearing was attended by the Majority and Minority Factions, independent MPs, representatives of the Public Defender, Legal Aid Service and NGOs coalition “For Independent and Transparent Justice”.
There are two more candidates to be interviewed – Alexander Tsuladze and Gocha Jeiranashvili. According to the Chair, after accomplishment of the interviews on November 8, the Committee will consult on further process.
The interviews are being held according to the American model and monitored by OSCE/ODIHR representatives.