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GEORGIA - Urgent Opinion on the amendments to the Organic law on Common Courts (appointment of Supreme Court judges) issued

29/04/2021

Strasbourg – The Venice Commission of the Council of Europe has issued the urgent opinion on the amendments to the Organic Law on Common Courts of Georgia.

The request for the urgent opinion came from the Speaker of the Georgian Parliament, Mr Archil Talakvadze, by letter dated 8 April 2021.

The Venice Commission welcomes the amendments to the Organic Law on Common Courts, which are crucial for the selection and appointment of Supreme Court judges, currently taking place in Georgia. Having taken several of the Venice Commission’s previous recommendations into account, the amendments nevertheless leave outstanding a number of recommendations, which should be considered in order to ensure greater clarity of the legislation, transparency and fair treatment for all candidates.

This urgent opinion was prepared under the Quick Response Mechanism, financed by the European Union and the Council of Europe and implemented by the Council of Europe in their Partnership for Good Governance, phase II.
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