Rati Bregadze Introduces Juvenile Justice Code and Georgian Model of Restorative Justice to the Participants of the Council of Europe Ministerial
Minister of Justice of Georgia, Rati Bregadze introduced the Code of Juvenile Justice and the Georgian model of restorative justice to the participants of the high-level conference organized by the Council of Europe.
The Ministerial "Crime and Criminal Justice - the Role of Restorative Justice in Europe" is attended by President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, Rick Demes, President of the Venice Commission, Gianni Buquicchio, Minister of Justice of Italy, Marta Cartabia, and justice ministers of other European countries.
The Minister of Justice of Georgia spoke about the Georgian Code of Juvenile Justice. The Code serves the best interests of juveniles and aims to re-socialize and rehabilitate juveniles in conflict with the law, protect the rights of defendants and witnesses under the age of 18, and prevent them from re-offending. Rati Bregadze also spoke to the participants of the Ministerial about the diversion and mediation programs, which are alternative mechanisms for juvenile justice. These mechanisms enable young people in conflict with the law to avoid prosecution, punishment and, consequently, criminal liability; Instead, it offers juveniles and adults under the age of 21 the opportunity to participate in voluntary programs tailored to them.
The Minister of Justice of Georgia emphasized that as a result of the reforms carried out in this field, 5,200 juveniles have been given another chance to avoid criminal prosecution and liability in 2010-2021 years. In the 3 years since the diversion program was completed, only 9% of them have committed a crime, which is a testament to the success of the projects. During the visit to Italy, the Minister of Justice of Georgia will deliver a speech at two more sessions of the Ministerial. Rati Bregadze has already held a meeting with his Italian counterpart. Face-to-face meetings are planned with the Ministers of Justice of Hungary, Armenia and Azerbaijan.
Rati Bregadze Discusses Current Projects and New Initiatives to the Representatives of the Georgian diaspora in Dublin
Minister of Justice, Rati Bregadze held a meeting with the representatives of the Georgian diaspora in Dublin and congratulated the Sunday school students on the start of the new academic year. Representatives of the Justice Ministry and Georgian Ambassador to Ireland, Giorgi Zurabashvili also attended the meeting.
The conversation touched upon the relations between the diaspora and the state and legislative changes and projects tailored to the interests of compatriots living abroad. Georgians living in Ireland expressed their satisfaction regarding the reduction of fees for receiving passports and identity cards.
The Minister noted that on the instructions of the Prime Minister, together with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, a legislative initiative is being prepared, which will further contribute to the achievement of the goals defined by the Diaspora Strategy.
Rati Bregadze Meets with Director General of the Prison Service of Ireland
Within the framework of the ministerial held in Dublin, Rati Bregadze visited today the penitentiary institution of Dublin and met with the Director General of the Irish Prison Service, Caron McCaffrey.
At the meeting, the Minister of Justice of Georgia stated that protecting the rights of persons with limited freedom at a high level is the main priority of the Ministry; The development of penitentiary, probation and crime prevention systems is carried out in accordance with the best European and international standards.
Rati Bregadze introduced to Caron McCaffrey, the innovations introduced in penitentiary institutions in the direction of rehabilitation and re-socialization. The subject of special interest of the Irish colleagues was the digital university and sports management system. At the invitation of Rati Bregadze, the delegation of the Prison Service of Ireland will visit Georgia. The purpose of the visit will be to share Georgian experience and plan joint projects.
Speaking to the Director General, the Minister of Justice also emphasized the importance of small prisons. Rati Bregadze said that this type of prison will be opened in Georgia by the end of this year.
The Minister of Justice is in Ireland at the ministerial meeting of the member states of the Council of Europe. The event is dedicated to the discussion of domestic, sexual and gender-based violence.