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Georgian parliament to amend the law "On General Courts"

2013-03-29 15:14

Significant changes will be made in the bill "On General Courts" to the third reading in the Parliament of Georgia. This was stated by the Chairman of Parliament David Usupashvili, the News-Georgia reported.


"The bill will fully meet the requirements of the Venice Commission," assured Usupashvili.

According to the amendments that Parliament intends to make its third reading, only two members - the chairman of the Supreme Court, heading the Council, and one member of the commission, meeting all the requirements of the law, will retain their positions in the High Council of Justice.

Powers of the members of the High Council of Justice, who were appointed the by the president of Georgia and an elected by the Parliament from among its members, will be fully suspended. The remaining Council members, elected by the Conference of the judges, will be able to re-submit their nominations, the IA Regnum reported.

"However, the Venice Commission recommended to elect candidates for the vacant seats in the Council through a simple majority - 76 votes. We went ahead and set the constraint that two of the six members of the Council would be elected by two-thirds vote, and the two seats will remain vacant for as long as we achieve agreement," said Usupashvili.


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