The Parliament Elected the Supreme Court Judges

12 Dec 2019
The Parliament Elected the Supreme Court Judges

12 new and 2 current judges - the Parliament approved the appointment of the Supreme Court judges.
 
"All the candidates upheld by the Parliament have been elected as judges of the Supreme Court of Georgia with a lifetime tenure and the decision comes into force upon adoption", - the Speaker, Archil Talakvadze stated.

The Parliament approved the Draft Resolutions on: Election of Merab Gabinashvili as a Judge of the Supreme Court with 86 votes 1; Election of Miranda Eremadze as Judge of the Supreme Court with 83 votes against one; Election of Mamuka Vasadze as a Judge of the Supreme Court with 88 votes; Election of Maia Vachadze as a Judge of the Supreme Court with 90 votes; Election of Tamar Zambakhidze as a Judge of the Supreme with 89 votes; Election of Shalva Tadumadze as a Judge of the Supreme Court with 89 votes against one; Election of Vladimer Kakabadze as a Judge of the Supreme Court with 86 votes against one; Election of Levan Mikaberidze as a Judge of the Supreme Court with 89 votes against one; Election of Giorgi Mikautadze as a Judge of the Supreme Court with 85 votes against one; Election of Nugzar Skhirtladze as a Judge of the Supreme Court with 90 votes; Election of Lali Papiashvili as a Judge of the Supreme Court with 88 votes; Election of Nino Kadagidze as a Judge of the Supreme Court with 85 votes against one; Election of Ketevan Tsintsadze as a Judge of the Supreme Court with 85 votes against one; Election of Alexander Tsuladze as a Judge of the Supreme Court with 87 votes against one.

Post hoc the voting, the swearing-in ceremony of the newly designated to the Supreme Court was held. Archil Talakvadze congratulated the newly elected judges on an accountable and prancing position and wished them success in striving for the welfare of the people and the country.
One of the candidates for the Supreme Court, Zaza Tavadze refused to run for the position. "The Legal Issues Committee has exhausted the procedure regarding his candidacy", - Archil Talakvadze elucidated. Therefore, in view of this statement, as established by the Rules of Procedure, his candidacy has been withdrawn from the voting.

Earlier at the Plenary Session, the Chair of the Human Rights and Civil Integration Committee, Sopho Kiladze commented on the occurrence related to the journalists while at the sitting of the Legal Issues Committee.

The work of journalists is crucial and we will do everything to ensure the inviolable media freedom in our country. There was an unfortunate confusion, clashes, and Rati Ionatamishvili and I had to bring journalists one after another to the stinting of the Legal Issues Committee. However, in the end this incident ceased. We will be observant to find out what exactly happened”, - Sopho Kiladze commented.

Pursuant to her, the Chair of the Legal Issues Committee, Anri Okhanashvili did not instruct the expel of deputies from the boardroom.

The independent MP, Eka Beselia described the incident at the sitting of the Legal Issues Committee as obstruction of journalistic activity.

Demanding the removal of election of the Supreme Court judges from the agenda, Eka Beselia stated that the process was held amid the infringement of law.

Anri Okhanashvili responded to Eka Beselia’s allegations: “The United National Movement and some of our colleagues were trying to disrupt the Committee Sitting, during which I announced a technical break. While consulting with the colleagues, journalists started complaining amid the sudden uncertainties. The Resource Officers and I ensured the presence of reporters at the boardroom. We will do our best to figure out the details of any ambiguity that took place during the sitting”, - Anri Okhanashvili noted and reiterated that everyone acted in full abidance of the law.

The independent MP, Beka Natsvlishvili reminded his colleagues of the committee hearings of the candidates - “None of the candidates ventured to evaluate the former Government's punishing regime. If you support any of them today, this will be the revival of the legitimacy of the National Movement, and the oblivion of the October 1, 2012 victory. Therefore, think twice before you proceed.”

The Speaker, Archil Talakvadze put forward Eka Beselia's proposal to remove the issue of electing the Supreme Court judges from the agenda, which was rejected by the majority.

MPs approved the termination of the mandate of MP Akaki Zoidze ahead of time on the basis of a personal application. The Parliament also voted on suspension of authority of MP Nicanor Melia based on entrance to the guilty plea.

According to the decision of the Parliament, Nikanor Melia's authority was terminated by 88 votes to none.

As the Chair of the Procedural Issues and Rules Committee, Guram Macharashvili noted before the vote, the Committee requested documents from the court in accordance with the Parliament's Rules of Procedure and considered them.

We have examined the formal issues, namely two components. One is that the person is found guilty and the other is the legal enactment of the verdict. In such cases, the constitution of Georgia demands the immediate termination of authority of the MP”, - the Chair of the Committee noted.

According to Irakli Kobakhidze, two representatives of the opposition brought some indecipherable substance and poured it around.

"We understand what the goal is, and be assured that this will be followed by the toughest legal response", - Irakli Kobakhidze noted.

According to the Speaker, comprehensive information on this fact will be shortly obtained.

As per the Vice-Speaker, Mamuka Mdinaradze, the opposition has completely revealed its face. Due to security norms, break was declared at the Session.

At the resumption of the Session, MP discussed the amendments to the Law on Education Quality Improvement with the II hearing.

According to the rapporteur, Guguli Maghradze, undergraduate teacher training programs accredited in 2011-2012 and 2014-2015 will be considered accredited before the start of the academic year 2022-2023.