EU and US ambassadors to Georgia say that the election of judges to Georgia’s Supreme Court and members of the High Council of Justice should take place only after major justice reforms have been carried out in line with the recent EU-mediated agreement signed by the majority of Georgian political parties back in April 2021.
Opposition MPs have also demanded the moratorium earlier this week, stating that the High Council of Justice, which selects and appoints judges in the country, is currently composed of ‘biased judges’ and that the body has ‘a low trust in public.’
The High Council of Justice is scheduled to elect its four members tomorrow.
EU Ambassador to Georgia Carl Hartzell has welcomed a letter by the Georgian Parliament Speaker Kakha Kuchava which initiates the creation of a working group in the state legislature for justice reform.
Both Hartzell and US Ambassador Kelly Degnan say that electoral and justice reforms in Georgia ‘are crucial’ and should be conducted ‘in full-line with the EU-mediated agreement.’