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Georgian Themis corked by managers

2010-10-13 18:05

8733.jpegCourts remain Achilles' heel of the Georgian democracy, which is admitted even by President Mikheil Saakashvili. Having handled thieves in law, bribetakers and the opposition, the government has seriously turned to Themis. 12 days ago, a new criminal code was put in force, while today the new position of manager has been introduced in the judicial system. It means that one more boss is going to supervise the judges who are already shivering before officials and prosecutors. GeorgiaTimes tried to find out the point of it.


Georgian courts are desperately in need of managers. Today, first graduates of the special law-managerial course received certificates from Chairman of the Georgian Supreme Court Kote Kublashvili.

However, one should not think that the system has become corrupt. The newcomers won't be responsible for selling codes or leasing court rooms. It will be managers in the original sense of word with no shade of selling - just executive officials.

By the way, in Russia, there are similar officials in some courts called law administrators, GeorgiaTimes was told by former judge of the Constitutional Court of RF Tamara Morshchakova. Still, this is just a tribute to the present times.

In Russia, there are no such managers who have got several courts under control as in Georgia. Chairman of commission at the Public Chamber for the law-enforcement authorities and security agencies control and judicial system reformation Anatoliy Kucherena is sure there can be no such managers. "Our law clearly states the way the judicial system is structured. We have got court chairmen in the regions, villages and districts. I do not think such position as law manager is acceptable for us. There cannot be a manager in court, basing on the principles and tasks faced by justice. A judge should be guided only by law; no one may give instructions to a judge if by manager you mean an executive", - he said in his interview to GeorgiaTimes.

Meanwhile, first law managers appeared in Georgia in the times of Eduard Shevardnadze. After the Rose Revolution, these specialists' activities in court were brought to naught, we were told by attorney Shalva Khachapuridze.

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