President Ready to Engage in Consideration of Common Law Courts Bill.
Tbilisi. Georgian President, Mikheil Saakashvili, is ready to engage in consideration of the bill on the Common Law Courts,
which has been already passed its second reading in Georgian Parliament.
Due to the differences between the parliamentary majority and the opposition, Saakashvili refused on March 24 to include the
bill on common courts, key component of which is change of rule of composition of the High Council of Justice, in the agenda of
Parliament's March 25 special session. In the Georgian President's words, the Law on Common Law Courts is vitally important for
"If the bill is passed in the existing form, we will say farewell to the court independence and Georgia will 'say goodbye' to its
European prospects, if not forever, then at least at the Vilnius Summit (eastern Partnership Summit)...I am ready to engage in
consideration of this issue and I hope that the Premier will be also engaged," Saakashvili stated.
At the same time, he positively assessed a consensus, reached between the government and the opposition on the Constitution
issues, especially the joint work carried out by Parliament Chairman, Davit Usupashvili and the parliamentary minority leader, MP from
Saakashvili's United National Movement (UNM), David Bakradze.
"After we have managed to reach agreement on constitutional amendments, which should be welcomed, it will be nice if the
same happens with regard to other important laws. The joint work is needed now as never before. Every party shall be interested in the
independent courts and our advancement towards Europe," Saakashvili stressed.
In his words, both sides shall take into account the recommendations of the Venice Commission. At the end of December
2012, President Mikheil Saakashvili warned the parliament that he would veto the bill on Common Law Courts and noted that "the court
is deprived of all formal attributes of independence".
In the beginning of February, representatives of the Venice Commission held meetings in Tbilisi with representatives of
legislative, executive and judicial power and prepared their recommendations on the bill.
The central part of the legislative amendments is the change of the rule of staffing the High Council of Justice, which oversees
the judiciary and enjoys a right to appoint or dismiss judges, as well as execute disciplinary procedures against judges.
According to the Venice Commission's document, some of the proposals, including the provision that envisages early
termination of powers of the incumbent members of the High Council of Justice, are 'controversial'. The Venice Commission
recommends not to fully renew the composition of the Council, despite that the existing rule of staffing the Council may be
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