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12 enraged Georgians2010-10-04 19:12
Following the Americans, Georgia is introducing jury trial. The government is not going to entrust them with corruption cases but is ready to put the issues of justifying murderers and rapists on the heads of 12 merciful or enraged Georgians. One may only feel happy for the democracy that has at last got to the halting judicial field. However, will the national verdicts be fair if some prisoner receive over 700 dollars per month? They can easily buy the jury outright.
Not only experts and the opposition but the government as well has been considering judicial system in Georgia to be the most underdeveloped and unfair. Judges have been fulfilling the orders of their management and the management, in its turn, adjusted its actions to the course of the ruling party, United National Movement. Besides, with Mikheil Saakashvili's coming to power, legislation was toughened up, and the judges were selected from the young ones with Harvard education and with no psychological perception of suspects.
Ultimately, the number of prisoners in Georgia grew three or four times compared to the times of Eduard Shevardnadze. Now European Human Rights Court is piled up in lawsuits filed by Georgian prisoners complaining about being dishonored in the overcrowded prisons.
Since 2007, the president has been promising to reform the courts, having publicly called this field a "vague and secret" one. But then, there was no time for domestic problems in the context of dreams about NATO and getting prepared for the war. In autumn 2008, the judicial reform was initiated at last. In a year, a draft law was developed on making amendments to various laws so as to introduce jury trials and some other novelties. As is known, the jury often return non-guilty verdicts, enabling to hold control over the professional judges' "inquisitional" practice.
From this day on, the forensic and correctional sphere of the country is going to be changed.
First, the jury will sit only in the court of Tbilisi. It is there that cases from Central and East Georgia will be transferred. It is also planned to establish jury trial in Kutaisi to consider the crimes of West Georgia.
The jury will comprise 12 people as in the majority of the world countries. Another two or three people will act as talesmen. No politicians, lawyers, security officials, psychiatrists or clergymen will be appointed to the service, for they have got professional interest in defendants.