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Georgia - Undue pressure on the Constitutional Court - Statement by the President of the Venice Commission

22/09/2015

Strasbourg - I have learned about pressure being exercised on the judges of the Constitutional Court of Georgia and their families, notably through manifestations and pickets in front of their private homes.

In a democracy, the task of a Constitutional Court is to ensure the supremacy of the Constitution in the country. Its judgements are final and binding and they are executed in a State which respects the Rule of Law. This does not mean that the public cannot express critical views on these judgements. However, such criticism should be voiced in a respectful and legal manner. The privacy of the judges and their families has to be respected.

I am confident that the Georgian authorities will take, in accordance with the applicable legislation, the necessary steps to protect the judges of the Constitutional Court of Georgia and their families from any harassment.

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