U.S. Embassy Statement on Conference of Judges

The U.S. Embassy is disappointed in the Judiciary’s rushed decision to hold its Conference of Judges today in the shadow of significant national elections. Important decisions with long-lasting consequences such as filling High Council of Justice vacancies should be taken deliberately, with sufficient transparency and time for consultations and participation by a broad range of qualified candidates. Rushing this process risks undermining public trust in the appointment process, the candidates, and in the Conference of Judges.

An independent and professional judicial system that is trusted by the people is essential to promoting equitable growth and attracting investment by Georgian and foreign businesses. It is imperative that the judiciary select experienced, professional, and independent candidates for all key positions and ensure a more deliberative and measured process in the future.