Statement of the U.S. Embassy on Judicial Reform (May 18)

Georgia has taken great steps in recent years to protect the independence of its judiciary.  The U.S. Government supports Parliament and its efforts to provide a legal framework that discourages improper judicial influence and informal governance.  To foster greater public trust, we urge the government to adopt a transparent legal framework.  This framework should guide the decision-making process governing future lifetime judicial appointments.

We commend the Parliamentary Working Group for their review of the processes and grounds governing judicial discipline.  We encourage the Working Group to draw on international principles and standards, which provide a thoughtful roadmap for reform.  We urge the Working Group to adopt a transparent disciplinary system governed by clear and independent investigative procedures and standards of proof.  Increased transparency of the disciplinary process will improve public accountability and foster greater public confidence in the objectivity of the judicial system.