Georgia—Support to the Independence, Accountability, and Efficiency of the Judiciary

Client: European Union

Duration: 2016-2021

Region: Eastern Europe and Central Asia

Country: Georgia

Solutions: Governance

Georgia has undergone extensive judicial reform to increase judicial independence, accountability, efficiency, and transparency. These efforts have culminated in a wave of judicial reforms, detailed in the Draft Organic Law of Georgia on Entering Amendments to the Organic Law of Georgia on Common Courts. Key reforms concerning the selection, promotion, and transfer of judges and judicial integrity are addressed, alongside structural changes in the High School of Justice and Supreme Court to strengthen judicial independence.

The EuropeAid project Support to the Independence, Accountability, and Efficiency of the Judiciary Georgia assists with ensuring the impartiality and professionalism of the judiciary towards being free from political or any other undue interference in Georgia.

Our team consolidates planning and strategies of the judicial administration, strengthens the capacity of judges and other judicial personnel, rationalizes the selection and promotion procedures for judges, streamlines the judicial case flow, enhances the empowerment and integrity of judges, improves courts’ communication practices, and consolidates the position and efficiency of the Constitutional Court.

Sample Activities

  • Consolidate judicial strategies to provide an overarching framework to unify judicial institutions in the implementation of key reforms.
  • Strengthen the capacity of judges, recognizing the need to provide extensive support to judges and their assistants as the forefront of the implementation of reform efforts.

Select Results

  • Drafted the Action Plan for the Supreme Court in line with the Judiciary Strategy, Georgia’s international commitments with time-bound indicators, and budget allocations.
  • Co-drafted the Charter on Coordination and Monitoring Mechanisms for the High-Court of Justice in Georgia.
  • Drafted and published the 2019 State of Justice Report of the Supreme Court of Georgia and the 2019 Report of the Independent Inspector of Georgia.
  • Held biannual justice schools for judicial assistants, employees of analytical units, and law students with intense training, discussions, workshops, and small grant competitions for judicial practitioners to grow their skills.
  • Finalized user-friendly, informative, and efficient web portal for the Tbilisi City Court.
  • Elaborated a manual on human resource management standards, including personal data protection issues, within judiciary with increased capacities of respective staff.
  • Finalized and institutionalized manual on the application and reasoning of preventive measures and in cooperation with the High-School of Justice in Georgia.
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