US, EU welcome bill on judicial reform in Georgia ‘drafted with broad consensus’

The EU and US embassies say that they will welcome the approval of the bill by the Georgian parliament.Photo:, 13 Jun 2019 - 16:36, Tbilisi,Georgia

The US Embassy to Georgia and the European Union delegation to the country say that they welcome the final bill on the “fourth wave” of judicial reform in Georgia, which has been made as a result of a broad consensus in a working group composed of different players, including the international community, civil society and the judicial sector.

In our view, the draft incorporates our key recommendations, based on best international practices that aim to create greater transparency, accountability and independence in Georgia’s judiciary. We look forward to parliament passing this legislation and to the judicial institutions implementing it, and we stand ready to assist with the implementation and further reforms,” reads the statement released by the US Embassy to Georgia.

The bill aims to resolve the problems of protracted case hearings and judicial overload.

It also provides changes regarding judicial discipline, the mandate of the High Council of Justice (HCOJ), an independent body responsible for selection and appointment of judges and the High School of Justice.

The reform in the juridical field was launched under the Georgian Dream leadership and it was divided into several waves.