State Department calls on government to suspend appointment of judges before reform


The United States Department of State calls on the Georgian government to suspend the appointment of judges and to abide by the April 19 agreement.

“The United States is deeply concerned about the approval by the Georgian Parliament of six nominees for the Supreme Court on July 12, contrary to the April 19 agreement reached between representatives of the ruling and opposition parties,” the statement said.

The State Department says the ruling and opposition parties have agreed that the appointment of judges should not be renewed until judicial reform is implemented.

“The April 19 agreement, mediated by the President of the European Council, Charles Michel, mediated by the EU and the United States, instructed the signatories to suspend” all ongoing appointments “to the Supreme Court until” ambitious judicial reform “is carried out in a comprehensive, inclusive and multi-party manner. .

Georgia’s strategic partner says non-compliance with the agreement would jeopardize the country’s democracy and institutions.

Failure to do so will further undermine the Georgian public and the international community’s confidence in the Georgian judiciary and jeopardize Georgia’s democratic development.

“We strongly urge the Georgian government to abide by the April 19 agreement, including by temporarily suspending appointments to the Supreme Court until comprehensive, transparent and inclusive judicial reform has taken place. This is what Georgian political leaders, including the ruling party, have agreed to.” “It will undermine the confidence of the Georgian public and the international community in the Georgian judiciary and jeopardize Georgia’s democratic development. Incomplete implementation of the April 19 agreement may also weaken investor confidence and reduce the resilience of Georgia’s political and social institutions.”

“The United States calls on the Government of Georgia to reaffirm its commitment to democratic principles and the rule of law, while at the same time strengthening its partnership with the United States and the international community,” the State Department said in a statement.

Hours before the announcement, the US Embassy in Georgia made a similar statement and called on the government to make a convincing effort to strengthen the judiciary and the rule of law.

Against this background, on July 14, Irakli Kobakhidze, the leader of the Georgian Dream, said on Rustavi 2 TV that the ruling party was strictly fulfilling the April 19 agreement.