CDA Elizabeth Rood’s comment made to media following a meeting with members of the High Council of Justice of Georgia (May 16)
Q-n about the content of the CDA’s meeting with the High Council of Justice and the challenges facing Georgia’s judiciary
CDA Elizabeth Rood: The development of the rule of law in Georgia has been one of the highest priorities of the U.S. Government throughout our 26 years of diplomatic relations. Among our priorities in rule of law has been the strengthening of the independent judiciary. We have dedicated around $50 million to supporting the independent judiciary in Georgia and have worked closely with the Government of Georgia through the first, second, and third waves of judicial reform. The Georgian government has made remarkable progress in this area, but more is to be done. We are now looking at the fourth wave of judicial reform. The American embassy has provided to the Parliamentary Working Group, that is working on judicial reform, a set of suggestions for the next reforms that we think are important to a fully developed independent judicial sector here and those suggestions were the topic of our meeting today with the members of the High Council of Justice. We had a very good discussion and I am confident that the High Council of Justice, together with civil society and international community, will work closely with Parliament to create those reforms so that Georgia’s independent judiciary can be fully realized.