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Georgia: Constitutional Court Rules Against Part of De-Communization Law

(Nov. 23, 2015) On October 28, 2015, the Constitutional Court of Georgia declared unconstitutional and void several provisions of article 9 of the Freedom Charter, which had permanently banned former senior Soviet officials from holding important public offices with central and regional government, judiciary, police, military, and academia. (Constitutional Court of Georgia, Nodar Mumlauri v. […]

Georgia: Controversy over Anti-Discrimination Bill

(May 7, 2014) Irakli Gharibashvili, Georgia’s Prime Minister, recently spoke in support of a proposed law against discrimination now pending before Georgia’s parliament. He said that while the draft law would protect people from discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, it would not promote or grant special privileges to anyone. He added that it […]

Georgia: System of Public Financial Disclosures Implemented

(Apr. 26, 2013) In May 2013, Georgian senior government officials working in all branches of government will submit their public financial disclosure reports and asset declarations to the country’s Civil Service Bureau (CSB) for the 15th time. (Law of Georgia on the Conflict of Interests and Corruption in Public Service [hereinafter Law on Conflict of […]

Georgia: Public Service Halls

(Nov. 6, 2012) On September 21, 2012, the Public Service Hall, also called the House of Justice, opened in the Georgian capital city of <?Tbilisi. This office, with about 400 Ministry of Justice employees, provides about 300 different types of services any of which may take up to a month to perform. (The Most Extensive […]

Georgia: Criminalization of Domestic Violence

(Nov. 5, 2012) On June 12, 2012, the Parliament of Georgia adopted a package of amendments to the country’s Criminal Code and added two new articles that recognize domestic violence as a criminal act. (Law No. 6434 on Amendments to the Criminal Code of the Republic of Georgia (June 12, 2012) [in Georgian], Saqartvelos Sakanonmdeblo […]

Georgia: Jurors in Tbilisi Court Pronounce Guilty Verdicts

(June 21, 2012) On June 15, 2012, a guilty verdict was pronounced by jurors in a case of premeditated murder tried in Tbilisi City Court. (Davit Rusishvili to Be Sent to 21-Year Imprisonment, RUSTAVI 2 TV CHANNEL (June 15, 2012).) This appears to be the third case resolved by jurors since jury trials were introduced […]

Georgia: Courts with Jurors Established Nationwide

(Nov. 9, 2011) As of July 1, 2012, jury trials will commence throughout Georgia, making it the first nation in the South Caucasus to implement a jury trial system nationwide. (Criminal Procedure Code of the Republic of Georgia, Parliament of Georgia website [in Georgian] (last visited Oct. 26, 2011) (official text).) The system was constructed […]

Georgia: Court Verdicts on Border-Crossing Offenses Vary Depending on Nationality of the Accused

(July 11, 2011) Russia continues to expand its ties with the secessionist Georgian territories of Abkhazia and South Ossetia, which are promoted as vacation destinations for Russian summer travelers. (See news reports and travel information [in Russian], Abkhazian Embassy in Russia website (last visited July 8, 2011).) However, the border crossing into these territories from […]

Georgia: Ban on Soviet Symbols Proposed

(Dec. 8, 2010) As reported by the Information Agency, on October 29, 2010, the Parliament of Georgia almost unanimously adopted the “Liberty Charter” introduced by pro-government parliamentary factions. The document provides for additional national security measures, lustration of former high-level Soviet officials, and a prohibition against the use and display of Soviet and Nazi […]