U.S. Embassy & American Bar Association Launch of new Commentaries on Georgia’s Criminal Procedure Code (CPC) (December 1)

The Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) of the U.S. Department of State and the American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative (ABA ROLI) will present the newly published Commentaries on Georgia’s Criminal Procedure Code (CPC) at the Supreme Court on Tuesday, December 1, at 4:00 p.m.

One of the U.S. Government’s top foreign assistance priorities in Georgia is to support rule of law reform efforts, and the Criminal Procedure Code (CPC) is central to this process.  INL has been funding the American Bar Association Rule of Initiative`s (ABA ROLI) four year-long “Program to Support Judicial Sector Reform in Georgia” since 2012.  The program aims to build a more effective criminal justice sector by promoting the professionalism and preparedness of the defense bar to conduct criminal cases under the Criminal Procedure Code (CPC).

ABA ROLI has recently completed a year-long process of developing the CPC commentaries, and will host an official launch event to mark this success.

The commentaries aim to provide a non-binding interpretation of complex legal provisions, with the goal of facilitating uniformity of practice and clarity of law in an important criminal justice field.  ABA will present the compilation of commentaries that Georgian practitioners – judges, prosecutors, lawyers, and academics – have developed over the past year.

The event will once again demonstrate high-level U.S. support for Georgia’s important and ongoing reforms in the rule of law.  Supreme Court Chairperson Nino Gvenetadze,  Alexander Baramidze, First Deputy Minister of Justice of Georgia and Chief Prosecutor Shotadze will participate in the event.