U.S. Embassy Statement on Supreme Court Legislation (May 1)
The United States has consistently supported Georgia in its process of judicial reforms. While the legislation adopted by Parliament today provides for transparency and criteria for Supreme Court nominations, we are disappointed it does not fully reflect recommendations from the Venice Commission, OSCE/ODIHR, and the U.S., EU, and Council of Europe missions in Tbilisi. These recommendations were aimed at strengthening judicial independence and public confidence in Georgia’s judicial institutions. We urge the High Council of Justice to consider future judicial nominees rigorously, and we encourage members of Parliament to evaluate nominees carefully. We also urge Parliament to take adequate time to conduct an inclusive process in developing the next, “Fourth Wave,” of judicial reform. The United States remains ready to support Georgian efforts along these lines.