A group of judges being considered for Georgia’s Supreme Court has asked parliament to disregard their nominations, citing a campaign of ‘unprecedented pressure’ on the judiciary. Their nominations had been controversial after rights groups, the opposition, the Public Defender, and several members of the ruling party accused them of being compromised and condemned the ‘rushed’ confirmation process.
Georgian President Giorgi Margvelashvili has come under fire from civil society groups as well as ruling party and opposition MPs for refusing to nominate a candidate to head the Supreme Court. Some critics warned the move could allow a ‘dominant group of judges’ on Georgia’s High Council of Justice to strengthen their grip over the judiciary. [Read more…]
The chairperson of the Supreme Court of Georgia, Nino Gvenetadze, has resigned for ‘health reasons’, sparking controversy about whether she was pressured to leave the post. Some officials, including Justice Minister Tea Tsulukiani, said her resignation came as a surprise. President Margvelashvili meanwhile pointed to ‘harsh conditions’ in the court system, with Gvenetadze having called herself a ‘victim of violence’ on the Georgian High Council of Justice (HCOJ). [Read more…]
The Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly has elected Lado Chanturia as judge to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR). On 10 October, after receiving a majority of votes, Chanturia was elected for a term of office of nine years. He will replace Nona Tsotsoria, whose term expired in January. [Read more…]
Tbilisi City Court has imposed a ₾3,000 ($1,200) fine on Fady Asly, the head of the International Chamber of Commerce in Georgia, after a judge accused him of slander. The ruling has faced criticism from some local rights groups, with many claiming the ruling threatens freedom of expression in the country. Asly plans to appeal the decision. [Read more…]