Events

Monday, 05 December 2022

Consulting Group Working on Issues of Protection of Rights of Persons with Disabilities Established in the Ministry of Justice of Georgia

The first meeting of the advisory group working on issues of protection of the rights of persons with disabilities was held today in the Ministry of Justice. The participants of the meeting were addressed by Deputy Minister of Justice, Buba Lomuashvili and Deputy Head of the United Nations Development Program in Georgia, Anna Chernishova.

Under the leadership of Mr. Buba Lomuashvili, the concept of the advisory group and the annual report on the implementation of the 2022 action plan were discussed at the meeting. The document includes the activities carried out by the Ministry of Justice during the current year for the realization of the rights of persons with disabilities. Among them are: revision of the legal system and analysis of its compliance with the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities; works carried out for the purpose of accessibility of electronic services and websites; Training of system employees on issues of protection of the rights of persons with disabilities; Amendments to the Resolution No. 508 of the Government of Georgia of December 29, 2011, which provides for the issuance of an electronic ID (residence) certificate on preferential terms to a person with severe or significantly expressed disabilities.

After hearing the report, a discussion was held. The participants of the event discussed future plans and activities related to the activities of the advisory group.

Ministry of Justice Has Completed Work on the new Penal Code - the Project Will Be Submitted to the Parliament Soon

Minister of Justice of Georgia Rati Bregadze spoke about the main innovations of the Code at the briefing held today after the government meeting. According to the minister, the project improves the working conditions of the employees of the special penitentiary service and brings the legal status of the persons in the penitentiary institutions to an even higher level.

The Minister of Justice highlighted several important changes:

  • The accused persons will be granted the right to a long appointment, which they did not have before;
  • All kinds of appointments will become completely free - today adult convicts have to pay 60 GEL, and minors - 30 GEL;
  • Except for high-risk convicts, everyone will be granted the right to receive higher education, and therefore the innovative project, which was launched by the Ministry of Justice together with the Ministry of Education and Science - Digital University, will become available to the masses of convicts;
  • The number and duration of telephone conversations increases, which will give convicts even more opportunities to communicate with the outside world;
  • The living conditions of convicted and accused persons will be equalized, which is undoubtedly a progressive step;
  • All units of the penitentiary service will be given a special status, which will equalize and improve the conditions of employees;

The circle of persons with special rank is expanding, and all employees, except for official and rank-and-file employees, will receive a bonus for years of service, which will have a positive effect on their salary conditions.

Saturday, 03 December 2022

As a Result of the Georgian-Azerbaijani Legal Forum, a Joint Declaration Has Been Developed

The legal forum, the purpose of which is to share experience and deepen legal relations between the Ministries of Justice of Georgia and Azerbaijan, was held for the first time this year and ended with the development of a joint declaration.

The First Deputy Minister of Justice summarized the event. Tamar Tkeshelashvili thanked the participants of the forum - the representatives of the Ministries of Justice of Georgia and Azerbaijan, the judiciary, the prosecutor's office, the lawyers' corps - for their fruitful and interesting work and spoke about the importance of the joint declaration, which will further deepen the sectoral cooperation between Georgia and Azerbaijan.

The Georgian-Azerbaijani legal forum was held within the framework of the memorandum signed between the Ministries of Justice of the two countries. The event was opened by Minister of Justice of Georgia, Rati Bregadze and his Azerbaijani counterpart, Fikrat Mamadov. Within the framework of the forum, the delegation of Azerbaijan held meetings with Head of the Autonomous Republic of Adjara, Tornike Rizhvadze, and Deputy Chairperson of the Constitutional Court, Manana Kobakhidze.

The Georgian-Azerbaijani legal forum will be held annually and it will be hosted by Georgia and Azerbaijan in turn.

Georgian-Azerbaijani Legal Forum Opens in Batumi by Minister of Justice of Georgia, Rati Bregadze and his Azerbaijani Counterpart, Fikrat Mamadov 02.12.2022

The purpose of the legal forum is to share experience and deepen legal relations between the Ministries of Justice of the two countries. The event participants include Deputy Ministers of Justice of Georgia and Azerbaijan, representatives of the judiciary, prosecutor's office, lawyers' corps. The forum addresses such issues as: strengthening of the justice system, digitalization of services, strengthening of penitentiary and probation systems, mutual legal assistance; specific initiatives and directions for future cooperation.

The legal forum is a continuation of the close and fruitful cooperation between the Ministers of Justice of the two countries, which began last year in Venice, within the framework of the international conference organized by the Council of Europe. In March of this year, during Rati Bregadze's visit to Baku, a memorandum of cooperation was signed between the Ministries of Justice of Georgia and Azerbaijan, which, among other events, envisions the holding of annual joint legal forums.

Friday, 02 December 2022

On Behalf of President Ilham Aliyev, The Minister of Justice of Azerbaijan Presents Rati Bregadze with the State Medal in Relation to the 100th Anniversary of the Justice of Azerbaijan

For his contribution to the development of legal relations between Georgia and Azerbaijan, on behalf of the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev, the Minister of Justice of Azerbaijan presented today to Minister of Justice of Georgia, Rati Bregadze with the state medal related to the 100th anniversary of the Justice of Azerbaijan.

The Minister of Justice of the Republic of Azerbaijan is in Georgia within the framework of the Georgian-Azerbaijani legal forum. The forum is being held this year in the city of Batumi for the first time, within the framework of the memorandum signed in March of this year. The legal forum of the two countries will take an annual form, which will further strengthen the Georgian-Azerbaijani sectoral cooperation.

Thursday, 01 December 2022

Rati Bregadze Discusses Prospects of Sectoral Cooperation with his Azerbaijani Counterpart

Minister of Justice, Rati Bregadze her a meeting today with his Azerbaijani counterpart Fikret Mamedov. The conversation touched on the further deepening of sectoral cooperation between the agencies based on the memorandum signed between the two countries' justice ministries in Baku. Rati Bregadze emphasized that the sharing of experience and cooperation between the two countries in the area of ​​rule of law and justice is important for the country's democratic development.

Development of directions of departmental cooperation is one of the priorities of the Ministry of Justice. For this purpose, a Georgian-Azerbaijani legal forum will be held in Batumi, and the Georgian-Azerbaijani joint declaration will be signed at the forum. The cooperation envisioned in the document includes joint measures and initiatives at both the central and sectoral levels in 2023.

First Deputy Minister of Justice of Georgia, Tamar Tkeshelashvili, Deputy Ministers, Tornike Cheishvili and Erekle Gvinianidze also attended the meeting with the Minister of Justice of Azerbaijan.

Friday, 25 November 2022

Rati Bregadze and Frank Hupfeld Discuss Issues of Cooperation Between Ministries of Justice of Georgia and Germany

Minister of Justice Rati Bregadze her a meeting today with Head of Projects for South-East European Countries of the German Foundation for International Legal Cooperation (IRZ), Frank Hupfeld. Deputy Minister of Justice, Beka Dzamashvili also attended the meeting.

The parties emphasized the role of IRZ in the process of implementing the cooperation program signed between the Ministries of Justice of Georgia and Germany.

The Minister of Justice expressed hope for an even closer partnership between Georgia and Germany in the direction of justice and noted that the active involvement of IRZ will have a positive impact on the sectoral cooperation between the two countries.

Minister of Justice Holds a Meeting with the Head of the European Union to Georgia

Rati Bregadze and Pawel Herczynski discussed today the European perspective of Georgia. The Minister of Justice once again confirmed Georgia's aspiration for integration with the European Union. It was noted that Georgia is ready to do everything to get the status of a candidate country of the European Union, which will be followed by political and economic integration with the European Union.

Rati Bregadze expressed his hope for successful cooperation with Pawel Herczynski in the European integration process and the support of EU member states in this process.

Deputy Minister of Justice, Beka Dzamashvili also attended the meeting with the head of the European Union.

Friday, 18 November 2022

Minister of Justice of Georgia Meets European Colleagues within the Framework of the Luxembourg Global Forum

Minister of Justice of Georgia, Rati Bregadze is participating in the ongoing global forum in Luxembourg. The forum is organized by the joint initiative of the OECD and the Government of Luxembourg and is dedicated to the discussion of such topics as: the modern geopolitical environment, the importance of strengthening democracy and citizens' trust in state institutions, climate change, the global crisis due to Covid-19, digital transformation and citizens' social and economic rights.

Within the framework of the visit, the Minister of Justice met with the Minister of Digitization of the Netherlands. Rati Bregadze, speaking with Alexandra Van Huffelen, noted that the development of public services and strengthening of digital governance is a priority of the Georgian government. The Minister of Justice expressed his readiness, on the one hand, to share the successful Georgian model with his partners, and on the other hand, to introduce the best European practices in Georgia.

Deputy Minister of Justice, Beka Dzamashvili also attended the meeting.

Before the end of the global forum, Rati Bregadze will hold meetings with other colleagues on issues of digitization of state services.

Minister of Justice of Georgia and the State Secretary of Norway Discuss Areas of Sectoral Cooperation

The Minister of Justice of Georgia spoke today to the State Secretary of Digitalisation and Electronic Communications of Norway about the implemented and planned reforms in the field of digital governance in Georgia. According to Rati Bregadze, the strategic goal of the Ministry of Justice is to provide accessible and safe services both in large cities and in villages and towns. For this purpose, the public service halls are successfully functioning in the country, and for the population living far from the district centers, the innovative project - the Mobile Public Service Hall provides services.

Rati Bregadze emphasized that care for service improvement continues even today. Work on another innovative project will be completed soon. JUSTapp is a mobile application that will allow Georgian citizens to receive the services of the Public Service Hall online without leaving home.

The Minister of Justice of Georgia and the State Secretary of Digitalisation and Electronic Communications of Norway agreed on cooperation in the direction of digital governance. In order to deepen mutual cooperation, Rati Bregadze proposed to the State Secretary of Norway to sign a memorandum between the two agencies.

Rati Bregadze met Gunn Karin Gjul within the framework of the current global forum in Luxembourg. Deputy Minister of Justice, Beka Dzamashvili also attended the meeting.

During the visit to Luxembourg, Rati Bregadze and the State Secretary of Portugal Discuss Prospects of Deepening Mutual Cooperation

Rati Bregadze held a meeting today with Secretary of State for Digitalization and Administrative Modernization of Portugal, Mario Campolargo.

The issue of digitalization of state services was discussed at the meeting. Rati Bregadze noted that modernizing the delivery of state services and the justice system through modern technologies and innovations is one of the priorities of Georgia; Sectoral cooperation and experience sharing with partner countries will contribute to the development of e-government in both countries.

The Minister also spoke about the launch of the mobile application JustApp, through which all state services will be available online. At the meeting, the parties also discussed the signing of a mutual cooperation document.

Rati Bregadze thanked the Portuguese side for their steadfast support of Georgia's sovereignty and territorial integrity. The Minister expressed hope that Georgia will have the political support of Portugal at all stages of joining the European Union.

The meeting was held within the framework of the current global forum in Luxembourg. Deputy Minister of Justice, Beka Dzamashvili also attended the meeting.

Friday, 11 November 2022

Justice Ministry Holds First National Simulation Training on Trafficking in Human Beings

The closing event of the first national simulation training on trafficking in human beings was held today.

The training entitled - Fight against Trafficking in Human Beings: Sustainability of Inter-agency Cooperation through Implementation of National Simulation Training - is conducted in Georgia under the leadership of the Ministry of Justice, with the financial support of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) and the Embassy of Switzerland in Georgia. The national simulation training was aimed at increasing the practical skills of about 40 investigators, prosecutors, labor inspectors, psychologists, social workers and staff dealing with victims working on the crime of trafficking through inter-agency cooperation and a victim-oriented approach, which in turn will contribute to the timely detection of crimes, the punishment of criminals and effective integration of victims into society.

Georgia is one of the first states where simulation training was held at the national level. This indicates the fight against this crime as one of the priority directions of the Georgian government.

It should be noted that Georgia occupies one of the leading positions in the world in the fight against trafficking in human beings. This is evidenced by the latest 2022 report of the US State Department, according to which Georgia, along with a number of European countries, maintains its place at the highest level of assessment, in the so-called the first tier. It should also be emphasized that, like the previous years, only Georgia among the states of the Eastern Partnership remained on the highest level of the rating scale.

The national simulation training was carried out within the framework of the Interagency Coordination Council for the Prevention of Trafficking in Human Beings in close cooperation with the Ministry of Justice of Georgia, the Prosecutor's Office of Georgia, the Investigative Service of the Ministry of Finance, the Labor Inspection Service, the State Agency for Care and Assistance of Victims of Trafficking and non-governmental organizations in Georgia.

The national simulation training started on November 7 and ended today.

Saturday, 05 November 2022

Minister of Justice Discusses Prospects of Implementing Joint Projects with the Dean of the Law Faculty of the University of Vienna

During the meeting with Dean of the University of Vienna, Brigitta Zöchling-Jud, the Minister of Justice talked about future joint programs and research projects with the University of Vienna. Future cooperation between the Training Center of Justice and the University of Vienna will create a good opportunity for joint projects. In addition, employees of the Ministry of Justice will participate in the programs of the University of Vienna.

Rati Bregadze, speaking with Professor Brigitta Zöchling-Jud, noted that it is very interesting for the Georgian side to share the experience of the academic circle of the Faculty of Law of the University of Vienna. In his conversation with the Dean, the Minister noted that the memorandum signed between the Ministries of Justice of Georgia and Austria covers many areas of cooperation.

At the meeting, they also talked about the legal magazine Iustitia founded in 2021 by the Ministry of Justice of Georgia. Rati Bregadze also provided detailed information to Dr. Brigitta Zöchling-Jud about the scientific council at the Ministry of Justice, which was established on August 1, 2022 and was staffed by prominent experts in various fields of law.

The parties expressed hope for close, bilateral cooperation and implementation of joint projects with academic circles.

Friday, 04 November 2022

Georgia Is Getting Acquainted with the Experience of Training Modules of the Austrian Penitentiary System

Minister of Justice, Rati Bregadze met today with Head of the Training Department of the Austrian Penitentiary Service, Oberst Martin Hoffmann, within the framework of his official visit to Austria. At the meeting, the Minister noted that providing a strong, safe and human rights-based environment is a priority for the agency. According to him, within the framework of the reform of the penitentiary and probation systems, corrections are made considering the best international practice. In this regard, the sharing of European experience is of particular importance.

Rati Bregadze also discussed training modules with Oberst Martin Hoffman. The Minister of Justice expressed interest in the Austrian experience of educational trainings in the direction of training of social workers, psychologists, and medical personnel. The Minister of Justice stated at the meeting that the agency invests significant resources in improving the professional skills of its employees, which are being implemented with the Training Center of Justice.

At the end of the meeting, the Minister of Justice expressed his hope that cooperation between Georgia and Austria will become even more intensive, which acquires special importance in the light of the country's European aspirations and perspective.

The meeting was attended by the Deputy Ministers of Justice, Buba Lomuashvili and Tornike Cheishvili, Head of the Special Penitentiary Service, Nika Tshvarashvili and Ambassador of Georgia to the Republic of Austria, Ketevan Tsikhelashvili.

Minister of Justice of Georgia Signs Memorandum of Cooperation with His Austrian Counterpart

This document ensures the strengthening of mutual cooperation between Georgia and Austria in the field of justice, rule of law and protection of human rights.

The deepening of partnership relations between the two countries includes the sharing of experience in the areas of mobile and electronic state services, rehabilitation and re-socialization of convicts, management of sports, educational and employment programs in the penitentiary institutions.

The memorandum also envisions cooperation in the field of convergence with EU legislation, mutual legal assistance in civil, commercial and criminal cases.

Before signing the memorandum, Rati Bregadze spoke with his Austrian colleague, Alma Zadich about organization of the Georgian-Austrian legal forum, which will be hosted alternately by Georgia and Austria every year. The conversation touched on the encouragement of student exchange programs, which in the future will contribute to the law-making process based on evidence and research-analysis.

Rati Bregadze informed his Austrian counterpart about the priorities of the Ministry, which are reflected in the 10-year development strategy of the agency. The deepening of cooperation in the direction of convergence with the European Union legislation, effective law-making process, strengthening of international relations is gaining even more importance on the path of Georgia's European integration.

During the meeting with his Austrian colleague, Rati Bregedze noted that a special electronic program will be launched in the near future, which will ensure a quick and high-quality implementation of the process of harmonization with the European Union legislation.

Another area of strengthening partnership relations will be bilateral legal relations.

The meeting was attended by members of the delegation of the Ministry of Justice of Georgia and the Ambassador of Georgia to Austria.

Thursday, 03 November 2022

Rati Bregadze Pays Official Visit to the Republic of Austria

Within the framework of the current official visit to Austria, Minister of Justice, Rati Bregadze held the first meeting with the General Director of the Penitentiary Service of the Republic of Austria, Friedrich Alexander König.

The parties shared their experience and existing knowledge in the area of penitentiary services.

At the meeting, the Minister spoke about the achievements in the penitentiary and probation systems of Georgia. He informed the Austrian side about the innovative educational project - Digital University, which increases access to education for convicts.

The Ministry of Justice of Georgia plans to further deepen cooperation with the Republic of Austria in the direction of managing the penitentiary and probation system, which will allow the country to develop rehabilitation and re-socialization programs, activities outside the cell; Employment, educational and sports programs for prisoners.

At the meeting, Rati Bregadze noted that the alignment to the best European standards is a strategic priority of the Ministry of Justice of Georgia and it is reflected in the 10-year development plan of the Justice Ministry.

The Minister of Justice expressed his satisfaction that cooperation in the field of management of penitentiary and probation systems will be deepened and a corresponding memorandum will be signed with the Ministry of Justice of Austria. He also noted that the deepening of sectoral cooperation with European colleagues is particularly important on the path of Georgia's European integration, especially after adopting the European perspective.

At the meeting, they also talked about the construction of small penitentiary institutions. In Georgia, the first small-scale facility for up to 700 convicts will be opened in Laituri. The Minister of Justice invited Friedrich Alexander König to the opening ceremony of Laituri prison in Georgia.

Friedrich Alexander König noted that it was an honor for him to meet with the Minister of Justice of Georgia. "It was a great honor for me to meet the Minister and his delegation to talk about the penitentiary systems of Georgia and Austria and the issues that concern us all. I believe that we can learn a lot from each other, and both sides are very satisfied with this meeting," said König.

The meeting was attended by Deputy Ministers of Justice, Buba Lomuashvili and Tornike Cheishvili, Head of the Special Penitentiary Service, Nika Tshvarashvili and Ambassador of Georgia to the Republic of Austria, Ketevan Tsikhelashvili.

Strasbourg Court Upholds Giorgi Mamaladze

The European Court of Human Rights upheld the verdict against Giorgi Mamaladze to be legal and dismissed the claim for moral compensation.

In the ECHR, Giorgi Mamaladze argued that the right to a fair trial was violated due to the circumstances of obtaining the evidence ("sodium cyanide"). He also appealed against the complete closure of the ongoing trial against him and claimed that the presumption of his innocence was violated based on the statements of the General Prosecutor's Office and officials.

The Strasbourg Court did not find a violation of the applicant's right to a fair trial, the circumstances of obtaining evidence ("sodium cyanide") and their reliability. Accordingly, the ECHR did not call into question the findings of the investigative body and the courts at the national level regarding the criminal case against the applicant. It is significant that the Strasbourg Court agreed with the government's position that the evidence obtained by the investigation proved that the "implantation" of a poisonous substance, as claimed by the applicant, was excluded. In addition, the European Court noted that Giorgi Mamaladze's verdict is based on a number of other evidences in the case, such as witness statements, audio and video material, computer data and others.

As for the applicant's other requests, the Court found that the complete closure of the hearings of the case against the applicant was not strictly necessary. In particular, according to the assessment of the European Court, the domestic courts did not adequately justify why part of the hearing could not be held in public. The ECHR considered it a violation of the presumption of innocence to jointly make separate public statements against the applicant and publication of part of the case materials by the Prosecutor's Office, while the obligation of non-disclosure of information was applied to the defense.

It should be noted that the mentioned violations are of a procedural nature and do not affect the validity of the verdict, which was once again confirmed by the decision of the European Court itself today, according to which the criminal proceedings were fair as a whole, the search of the applicant was legal, and there was no case of "implantation" of cyanide.

Saturday, 29 October 2022

For the first time in Georgia, the Innovative Educational Project for Convicts - Digital University Launches in Penitentiary Institutions

The digital educational platform for convicts in penitentiary institutions has been launched.

The project gives convicted students the opportunity to receive full-fledged higher education remotely; to be involved in the process of university studies; Attend lectures online and have direct, interactive communication with lecturers.

Until now, academic teaching in penitentiary institutions was carried out only through correspondence. Convicted students received study materials and completed written assignments, however, they were deprived of the opportunity to communicate directly with lecturers.

The digital learning platform is implemented in cooperation with the Ministry of Education and Science and includes both undergraduate and master's degrees of authorized universities in Georgia. The first stage of the project was launched at institution No. 16. Minister of Justice, Rati Bregadze and Minister of Education and Science, Mikheil Chkhenkeli got acquainted with the training process today. Ministers also visited places of vocational training and professional employment of convicts.

The Digital University makes university education even more accessible to convicts; The quality and efficiency of teaching increases, which, at the same time, will contribute to the rehabilitation and re-socialization of prisoners.

Thursday, 27 October 2022

Minister of Justice Discusses Prospects of Cooperation with the Ambassador of Sweden

Minister of Justice, Rati Bregadze thanked Ambassador of the Kingdom of Sweden, Ulrik Tiddestrom for supporting Georgia's territorial integrity and Euro-Atlantic aspirations.

At the meeting held at the Ministry of Justice, Rati Bregadze spoke about specific directions for deepening cooperation between the Ministries of Justice of Georgia and Sweden.

One of the priorities of the Ministry of Justice of Georgia is the harmonization of Georgian legislation with EU law. To support the process, a special electronic program has been developed and will be launched in the near future, which will ensure a quick and high-quality implementation of the harmonization process. Rati Bregadze expressed an initiative to deepen cooperation with Sweden in this direction.

Another area of strengthening partnership will be bilateral legal relations. For this purpose, Rati Bregadze proposed to Ulrik Tideström to establish an annual Georgian-Swedish legal forum.

Georgia is ready to share Sweden's experience in the direction of penitentiary system reforms as well, which will create more opportunities for the rehabilitation and re-socialization of prisoners, support for activities outside the cell, and strengthening access to health care.

thuesday, 25 October 2022

Fourth Ministerial Meeting of the Prague Process Held in the Czech Republic

On October 24-25, 2022, a ministerial meeting of the countries participating in the Prague Process was held in the Czech Republic, within which the ministerial declaration and the action plan for its implementation for 2023-2027 were approved.

The Georgian delegation led by First Deputy Minister of Justice, Tamar Tkeshelashvili took part in the ministerial conference and spoke at the event about the reforms implemented by Georgia in the field of migration and the issues envisioned by the ministerial declaration. She also emphasized the importance of cooperation between countries in the area of migration management, which will be further strengthened after the adoption of the declaration.

The Georgian delegation also included Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs, Aleksandre Darakhvelidze and representatives of the Ministries of Justice and Internal Affairs of Georgia.

The declaration and the action plan were developed as a result of the joint work of the countries participating in the Prague Process (including Georgia) and the European Union.

The ministerial declaration and action plan cover such issues as: preventing and combating illegal migration; readmission, voluntary return and sustainable reintegration; legal migration, with special emphasis on labor migration; integration; mobility and development; international protection.

Within the framework of the ministerial, the declaration and the action plan were adopted by the European Union and the countries participating in the Process. By adopting the document, action priorities for the next five years in the region have been determined.

Friday, 21 October 2022

Public Service Hall Opens in Supsa

The new Public Service Hall will offer up to 470 services of various public agencies and the private sector to several thousand citizens living in the village of Supsa of Lanchkhuti Municipality and its surrounding villages.

Justice Minister, Rati Bregadze opened the Public Service Hall in Supsa today together with Deputy Minister, Erekle Gvinianidze and State Trustee to Guria Region, Giorgi Urushadze. The Minister met the employees, got acquainted with the work process and received information about the needs of customers.

Equal access to state services for citizens is one of the priority directions of the Ministry of Justice, which is currently provided by 117 Public Service Halls across the country.

Construction of branches is underway in Zestaponi, Terjola, Samtredia, Khashuri and Akhmeta; While, in Mtskheta and Sagarejo, design and pre-design preparatory works have already started.

The event was attended by local government representatives and invited guests.

Thursday, 20 October 2022

Rati Bregadze and Israeli Ambassador to Georgia, Hadas Meitsad Discuss Existing Cooperation Between the Two Countries

At the meeting held at the Justice Ministry, the Minister spoke about the progress in the relations between the Ministries of Justice of Georgia and Israel.

Cooperation between the Ministries of Justice of the two countries was especially strengthened after the signing of the joint declaration, which was signed in September of this year by Rati Bregadze and the Vice Prime Minister and Minister of Justice of Israel, Gideon Saar. The declaration is a continuation of the memorandum signed between the parties in Tel Aviv in October 2021 and provides for cooperation in such areas as: access to public services, business and land registration, notary services, electronic apostille and others.

As the Minister noted at the meeting, quick and effective realization of the issues envisaged within the framework of cooperation with the Ministry of Justice of Israel is a priority for the Ministry of Justice of Georgia. The seminar planned in December between the employees of the Ministry of Justice of Israel and Georgia represents the practical implementation of the existing cooperation between the two countries.

The Minister of Justice expressed hope that the sectoral relations between Israel and Georgia will become even more intensive with the joint efforts of the parties.

Deputy Minister of Justice, Beka Dzamashvili also attended the meeting with the Israeli Ambassador.

thuesday, 18 October 2022

Ministries of Justice of Georgia and the Czech Republic Sign Joint Declaration

A joint declaration was signed today between the Ministries of Justice of Georgia and the Czech Republic.

The cooperation between the ministries of justice of Georgia and the Czech Republic, which started within the framework of the ministerial meeting organized by the Council of the European Union in Prague, continued today with the signing of a joint declaration. The Georgian Minister of Justice met today with the delegation of the Czech Ministry of Justice. The cooperation document was signed by Rati Bregadze and his Czech colleague, Pavel Blažek.

The document includes cooperation in the field of justice reform and support for digital governance; as well as: promoting the process of convergence with the EU legislation; effective management of penitentiary, probation and crime prevention systems; and strengthening legal mutual assistance and other directions.

Rati Bregadze noted that it is important for the Ministry of Justice to establish bilateral relations with partners in such priority directions as: strengthening approaches based on the protection of human rights, continuing reforms in the system of the Ministry of Justice, digitalization of state services, increasing accessibility and progress of electronic governance.

The Minister of Justice thanked his Czech counterpart for his continuous support for the process of Georgia's integration into the European Union and its territorial integrity. According to him, the strengthening of institutional cooperation between the two countries, including in the process of approximation of the legislation of Georgia with the legislation of the European Union, is very important.

The parties also talked about both European integration and deepening of bilateral relations. "Today, we continued to discuss how Georgia meets the Copenhagen criteria, after which the country will receive the status of a candidate for the EU member state. It can be said that Georgia is making every effort to fulfill these conditions. Accordingly, I will inform the European Commissioner about these steps forward. I also had the opportunity to visit the Rustavi penitentiary facility, where I was convinced that the Georgian penitentiary system meets the standards of the European Union," said Pavel Blažek.

At the end, Rati Bregadze together with his Czech counterpart discussed the initiative of creating a Georgia-Czech legal forum, which will be hosted alternately by Tbilisi and Prague every year.

Monday, 10 October 2022

Ministry of Justice Starts Accepting Applications for Participation in the Grant Program

The Ministry of Justice announces another grant competition. The priority areas of the program are:

• promoting the introduction of innovative services in the system of the Ministry;

• Strengthening the protection of human rights;

• Strengthening legal security.

Non-entrepreneurial (non-commercial) legal entities and individuals are eligible to participate in the grant competition. The amount intended for the program is 500,000 GEL, and the maximum amount of funding for each winning project is 20,000 GEL.
Submission of applications has started today. The deadline for receiving documents is November 10, 2022.

The Ministry of Justice announced the grant competition last year, within the framework of which 14 projects were implemented.

The purpose of the grant programs is to promote the participation of civil society in the activities of the Ministry of Justice system and to support civil initiatives.

The grant applications and relevant documents can be received, taking into account the specified deadlines, only electronically to the following e-mail address: [email protected]


Sunday, 09 October 2022

Kurashi Gospels, Stored in Svaneti, Will Undergo Restoration in the National Archive of the Ministry of Justice of Georgia.

The most important monument of Georgian culture, the palimpsest gospel of the 9th-10th centuries, was brought to Tbilisi today in agreement with the Mestia municipality's mayor's office and Etseri community representatives. Deputy Minister of Justice, Buba Lomuashvili, Minister of Culture, Sports and Youth, Thea Tsulukiani, Director of the National Archives, Teona Iashvili, representatives of local authorities attended the transportation process.

The unique manuscript will remain in the National Archives for restoration work for 18 months, after which the fully restored four chapters will be returned to the Etseri community. The restoration plan will be determined after evaluating the degree of damage to the manuscript.

The restorers of the National Archive Document Restoration and Microfilming Laboratory will perform the restoration with full guidance of the technological process in accordance with international standards, which will increase the quality of protection of the unique document and the duration of its further storage.

The Kurashi Gospel is the second manuscript preserved in Svaneti, which will undergo the restoration process in the laboratory of the National Archives. In 2021, the restoration works of the 12th century Lakhamuli Gospel were carried out in the Archives. The possibility of working on unique manuscripts is determined by the modern equipment of the laboratory, corresponding to the European standard, and the high professionalism of the restorers.

Friday, 07 October 2022

Minister of Justice of Georgia Discusses Prospects of Deepening Partnership with the Ambassador of Hungary

Minister of Justice, Rati Bregadze held an introductory meeting today with Hungarian Ambassador, Anna Maria Shikos. The conversation touched upon the deepening of sectoral cooperation between the Ministries of Justice of Georgia and Hungary. The Minister proposed to the Hungarian ambassador to strengthen the partnership in the direction of legal cooperation in civil matters. Rati Bregadze expressed his readiness to host his Hungarian counterpart in Georgia so that the Justice Ministers of the two countries could sign a bilateral agreement on mutual legal assistance in civil matters. Rati Bregadze noted that the agreement will further deepen partnership relations between Georgia and Hungary and will be a logical continuation of the cooperation on which the two countries' Justice Ministers agreed within the framework of the memorandum of understanding signed in December last year.

At the meeting, the parties discussed the expert assistance of the Hungarian side in the issues of convergence of Georgian legislation with EU law; as well as exchange programs for employees of the Ministry of Justice of the two countries, and the prospects of holding a Hungarian-Georgian legal forum in Georgia.

Deputy Minister of Justice, Beka Dzamashvili also attended the meeting with the Hungarian ambassador.

Sunday, 02 October 2022

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.

Saturday, 01 October 2022

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.

Friday, 30 September 2022

The Minister of Justice of Georgia Discusses Prospects of Deepening Mutual Cooperation with His Estonian Counterpart

The issues of expanding the relationship between the Ministries of Justice of Georgia and Estonia and the European integration of Georgia were discussed today by the ministers of justice of the two countries at a meeting held in Dublin.

Rati Bregadze is in Ireland to participate in the ministerial meetings of the member states of the Council of Europe.

Rati Bregadze spoke to Lea Danilson-Järg about further deepening of the partnership between the two countries' ministries of justice and the signing of a memorandum. For this purpose, he invited his Estonian counterpart to Tbilisi. According to Rati Bregadze, the document will create a solid basis for close cooperation in the field of justice, rule of law and human rights and will support the immediate implementation of new initiatives.

At the meeting, Rati Bregadze thanked Lea Danilson-Järg for the help provided by Estonia to Georgia on the path of integration with the European Union and expressed confidence that our country will continue to have strong support from Estonia in the process of obtaining the status of a candidate country for the European Union.

"We had an interesting dialogue with the Estonian colleague about the current relations and specific perspectives for future cooperation. Estonia is a friendly and supportive state of Georgia. Accordingly, we express our hope that joint efforts aimed at further strengthening of legal cooperation will definitely bring success on the path of European integration of Georgia", said Rati Bregadze after the meeting.

The Minister of Justice of Estonia emphasized the "amazing progress" that Georgia has achieved on the path to European integration:

"Georgia has made great progress in the European integration process. It really deserves to become part of Europe, the European Union, and I really hope that it will happen in the near future, because the progress is really amazing.”

The meeting was also attended by First Deputy Minister of Justice of Georgia, Tamar Tkeshelashvili and Deputy Minister, Beka Dzamashvili.

Thursday, 29 September 2022

Rati Bregadze Delivers a Speech at the Ministerial Meeting of the Member States of the Council of Europe

A ministerial meeting of the member states of the Council of Europe is being held in Dublin, which deals with issues of prevention of domestic and gender-based violence. The heads of the ministries of justice of European countries are attending the conference. The Georgian delegation is headed by Rati Bregadze.

The Minister of Justice of Georgia delivered a speech today at the event and talked about the institutional and legal reforms that have been implemented in the country to tackle violence against women and the family.

The Minister noted that the fight against gender-based violence is one of the priorities of the Georgian government.

"Gender equality, elimination and prevention of violence against women and domestic violence remains one of the priorities on the Georgian government's agenda. The legal and institutional reforms carried out over the past years are the best illustration of our approach to gender. Our policy is based on 4 principles: prevention of violence, protection of victims, effective investigation and interagency cooperation. All these directions are fully reflected in the legal and institutional mechanisms, including in the second national strategy and thematic action plans for the protection of human rights in Georgia for 2022-2030", - noted the Minister of Justice.

First Deputy Minister of Justice, Tamar Tkeshelashvili and Deputy Minister, Beka Dzamashvili also participate in the conference.

Within the framework of the Dublin conference, a declaration on the prevention of sexual and gender-based violence in the family will be adopted. The declaration calls on states to strengthen national mechanisms for tackling domestic violence, violence against women; Focus on the rehabilitation of perpetrators and correction of violent behavior, and urge states to ratify the Istanbul Convention.

thuesday, 27 September 2022

Minister of Justice Meets with Members of the Eastern Europe and Central Asia Working Group of the European Union

The Minister of Justice spoke about Georgia's European perspective at the meeting with the members of the Eastern Europe and Central Asia Working Group of the European Union.

Rati Bregadze thanked the guests for supporting the reforms implemented in Georgia and the country's western aspiration, which was manifested by the successful completion of the association process and economic integration with the EU countries.

Rati Bregadze spoke to the members of the delegation about the priority directions of the Ministry of Justice of Georgia. The conversation touched on the 12 recommendations that Georgia must fulfill in order to receive the status of a candidate country. According to Rati Bregadze, for this purpose, thematic working groups have been created in the Parliament of Georgia, with which the Ministry of Justice, within its competence, actively cooperates.

The Minister expressed his firm belief that Georgia will continue to have the support of the European Union on the way to European integration, and in the near future the country will be able to receive the status of a candidate country for EU membership.

Deputy Minister of Justice, Beka Dzamashvili also attended the meeting.

Minister of Justice, Rati Bregadze Meets with the US Deputy Attorney General, Secretary of International Relations of the Department of Justice, Bruce Schwartz


The parties discussed the issues of deepening bilateral cooperation in the field of justice and agreed that they will work actively to sign the extradition agreement between Georgia and the USA. Rati Bregadze thanked Bruce Schwartz for his support of the reforms implemented and ongoing under the leadership of the Ministry of Justice.

In order to further deepen the cooperation, the Minister expressed the initiative of concluding a memorandum between the Ministry of Justice of Georgia and the US Department of Justice.

The conversation touched on the implementation of exchange programs for the employees of the Ministry of Justice and the Department of Justice. The parties also discussed the possibility of holding a Georgian-American legal forum.

"We are happy to meet with Mr. Schwartz at the Ministry of Justice. We reviewed concrete successful examples of existing cooperation between our agencies. Also, we discussed new initiatives, the implementation of which will bring Georgian-American relations to a new, even higher level in the field of law," said Rati Bregadze.

Bruce Schwartz invited the Minister of Justice to Washington:

"On behalf of the United States Department of Justice, let me say what a great honor it was for me to meet with the Minister and to have the opportunity to discuss with him the issues of the rule of law, and how we advanced the rule of law both in our countries and globally. We talked about the work we are doing collectively on penitentiary and probation systems and wide variety of other issues. We discussed the common goals we have in this context. We noted the fact that we have the potential for discussing an extradition treaty between our two countries, which would further strengthen the relationship and demonstrate the importance of this relationship to both our countries and to the peoples of our countries, so once again, thank you for having me here at the Ministry, I look forward to visits in the futres and I hope to see the delegation of the Ministry of Justice and the Minister in Washington as well," he said.

Deputy Minister of Justice, Beka Dzamashvili also attended the meeting.

Rati Bregadze Talks About Georgia's European Perspective with the President of the European Union Cooperation Authority (Eurojust) in the Field of Criminal Law

Minister of Justice, Rati Bregadze spoke today about the priority of cooperation with Eurojust and EU countries during the meeting with Eurojust President, Ladislav Hamran.

The Minister drew attention to the excellent cooperation between Georgia and EU member states in the field of extradition and criminal law.

At the meeting, it was emphasized that strong sectoral cooperation helps the country in the process of European integration, and hope was expressed that after receiving the perspective of the European Union, the process will end positively with the granting of candidate status to Georgia in the near future.

In addition, at the meeting, the parties talked about the possibility of training and work exchange programs between agencies.

Rati Bregadze met Ladislav Hamran at the Ministry of Justice. Deputy Minister of Justice Beka Dzamashvili also attended the meeting.

For information: Eurojust is the European Union's body for cooperation in the field of criminal justice. Its main activity is the coordination of the cooperation of EU member states in criminal cases, including non-EU partner states in the process of European integration. The agreement between Georgia and Eurojust was signed in 2019.

Monday, 26 September 2022

Rati Bregadze Introduces the Ministry


Minister of Justice, Rati Bregadze hosted today the Ombudsman of the Republic of Turkey, Sheref Malkoc. The parties discussed the successful cooperation with Turkey in the field of criminal law and shared recommendations and opinions regarding the protection of human rights in this field.

Topics of discussion covered specific cooperation initiatives, the implementation of which will make the existing strategic and friendly relations between Georgia and Turkey even more intense.

The Minister introduced to the Ombudsman of the Republic of Turkey the priorities of the Ministry's activities, which are outlined in the 10-year Action Plan of the Ministry. Among them, one of the priorities of the Ministry is the reform of penitentiary and probation systems.

According to the Minister, it is important for the agency to further develop the indicated systems in accordance with the best European and international standards, for which a number of thematic reforms are being carried out.

As it was mentioned at the meeting, work is underway in Georgia to further develop the approaches to the rehabilitation and re-socialization of the convicts, in the process of which the interests and needs of foreign prisoners are equally taken into account.

Deputy Minister of Justice, Beka Dzamashvili also attended the meeting held at the Ministry of Justice.

Saturday, 24 September 2022

The Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe Adopts Strict Interim Resolution on the So-called Deportation Case

The Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe discussed the "Georgia against Russia (I)" (the so-called "deportation case") at the September debate of this year. At the session, the Georgian representation emphasized the importance of the implementation of the decision of the Strasbourg court in the case under consideration and voiced a clear position that despite the termination of the status of a member of the Council of Europe for the Russian Federation, the respondent state still remains unconditionally obliged to implement the decision.

Within the debates of the Committee of Ministers, the absolute majority of the delegations strongly condemned Russia's non-fulfilment of the above-mentioned obligation and fully shared the position of the representatives of Georgia.

Within the framework of the resolution, the Committee expressed its deep regret that, despite signing the memorandum of understanding, the Russian authorities have not paid the amount awarded to the victims by the European Court. According to the Committee of Ministers, the delay in the execution of the decision particularly harms the interests of the victims.

At the initiative of the Georgian side, the Committee of Ministers called on the member states to use all means to ensure the execution of the case. At the same time, the Committee shared the position of the Georgian side that in the conditions of the termination of the status of a member of the Council of Europe for Russia, it is necessary to develop a strategy for the supervision of the implementation of the decisions taken against Russia, with the involvement of all member states, and instructed the Secretariat of the Committee to submit relevant proposals and a vision for the implementation of the case under consideration before the next session, which will be held in December 2022.

As is known to the public, according to the decision of the Strasbourg Court of January 31, 2019, the Russian government was obliged to pay 10,000,000 euros to the Georgian side to be transferred to the victims who were victims of mass deportation from Russia in 2006. However, despite the efforts of the Georgian side and the Committee of Ministers, which ended with the signing of a memorandum of understanding at the end of 2021, Russia has not yet paid the amount.

At the initiative of the Georgian side, the Committee will return to the consideration of the deportation case at the next session, in December 2022.

The Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe Adopts Decision on So-called War Case

As the public will be informed, on January 21, 2021, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) published its decision on the case - "Georgia v. Russia (II)" (the so-called "War Case"). The decision refers to the administrative practice of massive human rights violations against the population of Georgia during the August 2008 war and subsequent occupation by Russia, which exercised effective control over the Tskhinvali region and Abkhazia.

At the meeting of the Committee of Ministers in September of this year, the Georgian side spoke about the importance of the decision and stated a clear position that despite the termination of the status of a member of the Council of Europe for the Russian Federation, the respondent state still has an unconditional obligation to strictly implement the court's decision.

It is significant that the Committee of Ministers fully supported the Georgian side and emphasized the severity and scale of the established violations. The Ministerial Committee strongly called on Russia to submit as soon as possible a comprehensive action plan to implement the decision of the Grand Chamber of January 21 and to start taking effective steps to eliminate the root cause of the violations (i.e. the continued occupation) and to prevent the recurrence of similar human rights violations.

The Committee also expressed deep concern that the Russian Federation, which exercises effective control over Abkhazia and the Tskhinvali region, still does not allow the internally displaced ethnic Georgian population to return to their homes and called on Russia to implement effective measures in this direction in order to implement the decision.

At the initiative of the Georgian side, the Committee will return to the consideration of the War Case at the next session, in December 2022.

thuesday, 20 September 2022

Ministries of Justice of Georgia and Israel Conclude Cooperation Document on Digitization of Public Services

A joint declaration on the digitization of public services was concluded today between the Israeli and Georgian Ministries of Justice. The document was signed by Rati Bregadze and Israeli Vice Prime Minister and Minister of Justice, Gideon Saar.

The declaration is a continuation of the memorandum signed between the parties in October 2021 and provides for cooperation in such matters as: access to public services, business and land registration, notary services, electronic apostille and others.

Before signing the document, a meeting was held between the parties. As Rati Bregadze noted, the signing of the declaration on digitalization of public services, the planned seminars and joint events are a clear example of the quick and effective implementation of the memorandum signed in October last year.

Rati Bregadze also informed his colleague about the latest developments in the field of service delivery. It was noted that 8 Mobile Public Service Halls are already functioning for the population living in rural areas and their number will increase to twenty by the end of the year. According to the Minister, work is underway on the mobile application "JustApp", which will allow the users to receive all services online. At the meeting, the Georgian party also offered Israeli scientists to publish articles in Iustitia magazine.

First Deputy Minister of Justice, Tamar Tkeshelashvili, Deputies, Beka Dzamashvili, Buba Lomuashvili, Tornike Cheishvili, as well as Israeli Ambassador to Georgia, Hadas Meitsadi attended the meeting

Thursday, 15 September 2022

Ministry of Justice Holds Interagency Meeting regarding the Hague Convention on Child Support

The representatives of the legislative, executive and judicial authorities got acquainted today with the changes prepared in the Ministry of Justice.

The purpose of the draft law is to bring Georgian legislation closer to European law, in particular, to recognize as binding the Hague Convention of November 23, 2007 "On International Recovery of Child Support and Other Forms of Family Maintenance" and the Protocol of November 23, 2007 "On the Law Applicable to Maintenance Obligations".

In case of ratification of the Hague Convention and Protocol, international recovery of child support from responsible persons will be ensured for children in Georgia, if necessary. The contracting states of the Convention will cooperate to establish a system of mutual assistance and to implement efficient and speedy enforcement of justice in disputes of an international nature of family support.

In addition to the fact that mandatory recognition of these legal acts is an obligation for our country under the agenda of association between Georgia and the European Union, the convention sets a high standard for the protection of the child's rights taking into account his/her best interests.

It is planned to ratify the Hague Convention and Protocol in the near future.
The discussion on the legislative changes prepared for the implementation of the Hague Convention and Protocol was held in Georgia with the support of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP).

Wednesday, 14 September 2022

Rebranding of Community Centers of Ministry of Justice Has Started

Community Centers of the Ministry of Justice will continue to operate under the brand of the Public Service Hall. Deputy Minister of Justice, Erekle Gvinianidze presented today the initiative at the session of the Regional Policy and Self-Government Committee in the Parliament.

As a result of the rebranding of Community Centers, instead of 250 services, the population living in rural areas will be offered 470 services according to the usual standard of the Public Service Hall.

"The goal of the Ministry of Justice is that by 2024 there will be no more municipalities without a Public Service Hall. It is for this purpose that the construction of Khashuri, Zestafoni, Supsa, Terjola, Samtredia and Akhmeta branches of the Public Service Hall is currently underway, which will be completed in 2022-23. Next year, the construction of the Mtskheta, Sagarejo, Khelvachauri, Tsalenjikha, Zoti, Tolebi, Shrosha, Tsaishi, Didi Digmi and Gldani branches of the Public Service Hall will begin, which will be completed by the end of 2024. Currently, both the infrastructural renewal of public centers and the process of equalizing the services of the Public Service Hall and training of employees are actively underway. After the completion of the rebranding process, a common standard of service quality will be introduced," said Deputy Minister of Justice, Erekle Gvinianidze.

Rebranding is underway in 88 Community Centers throughout Georgia and the process will be completed by the new year. Kachreti Community Center is the first to start operating under the Public Service Hall brand.

In addition, according to the decision of the Ministry of Justice, the salaries of the employees working in the region and the capital were equalized.

Currently, 28 Public Service Halls, 88 Community Centers and 6 Mobile Public Service Halls are functioning throughout the country.

Monday, 12 September 2022

Ministry of Justice hosts Secretary of State for Asylum and Migration of the Kingdom of Belgium

The importance of migration management in the European integration process was discussed at the meeting held in the Ministry of Justice.

Deputy Minister of Justice, Beka Dzamashvili met with the Secretary of State for Asylum and Migration of the Kingdom of Belgium, Nicole de Moor. The meeting was also attended by Chairperson of the State Services Development Agency, Ketevan Betlemidze, Executive Secretary of the State Commission on Migration, Giorgi Jashi, and Head of the International Public Law Department of the Ministry of Justice, Ketevan Sarajishvili.

The parties discussed the reforms and legislative initiatives implemented by the Ministry of Justice within the framework of the Visa Liberalization Action Plan.

The Belgian delegation was also interested in the services of the Public Service Hall. After the meeting held at the Ministry of Justice, the delegation visited Tbilisi Public Service Hall and got acquainted with the concept of providing state services.

Thursday, 08 September 2022

Minister of Justice Pays Tribute to Memory of the August War Heroes

Minister of Justice, Rati Bregadze, together with the Prime Minister of Georgia, Irakli Gharibashvili and members of the Cabinet of Ministers, was at the Mukhatgadze Brothers Cemetery. The Head of the government and Ministers laid a wreath at the Heroes' Memorial as a mark of respect to the memory of those who died in the August 2008 war.

Speaker of the Parliament, Shalva Papuashvili, representatives of the legislative authority and the diplomatic corps were also present at the Mukhathvedi cemetery.

Delegation of Ministry of Justice Visits the German Probation Bureau

Minister of Justice, Rati Bregadze visited today the Probation Bureau of the Federal Republic of Germany as part of his official visit to Germany. According to the Minister, the successful cooperation between Georgia and Germany is important in the process of European integration of Georgia, especially after granting the European perspective. First Deputy Minister, Tamar Tkeshelashvili, Deputy Minister Buba Lomuashvili and Beka Dzamashvili also participated in the meetings held at the Probation Bureau. According to the Minister, further development of penitentiary and crime prevention systems in accordance with the best European and international standards is a priority for him.

The members of the delegation of the Ministry of Justice spoke about the important reforms implemented by the agency, which are implemented by the National Agency for Crime Prevention, Non-custodial Sentences and Probation; In particular, the innovative device for the control and provision of services for probationers - PROBBOX, through which the control and services of probationers became possible without reporting to the probation offices. By means of this device, more anonymity of probationers is ensured and the geographical area of their control and service is increased. Regarding the PROBBOX, the Ministry of Justice is actively sharing its experience with partner countries.

During his speech, Rati Bregadze focused on such important reforms as: increasing the effectiveness of alternative punishments and execution of house arrests; Supporting the active involvement of persons sentenced for penal labor in the implementation of infrastructure projects of cities and municipalities throughout the country, and promoting/ensuring their employment after serving the sentence; Support for re-socialization and rehabilitation of convicts and ex-prisoners.

Rati Bregadze Meets with the Head of the Germany-South Caucasus Parliamentary Friendship Group in the Bundestag

Minister of Justice, Rati Bregadze spoke about the importance of the European perspective for Georgia at the meeting held in the Bundestag. Rati Bregadze met with Head of Germany-South Caucasus Parliamentary Friendship Group, Johann David Wadephul in the Bundestag.

First Deputy Minister, Tamar Tkeshelashvili, Deputies, Buba Lomuashvili and Beka Dzamashvili, and Georgian ambassador to Germany, Levan Izoria also took part in the meeting.

The Minister of Justice noted at the meeting that sectoral cooperation and deepening of partnership with the Bundestag is an important issue in the European integration process of Georgia.

Johann David Wadephul noted that he had a very fruitful and good meeting with the Minister of Justice of Georgia.

"We are happy with the close contact of the Georgian authorities with Germany. The entire German parliament is very interested in deepening relations with Georgia. The parliamentary group responsible for Georgia is very happy with our friendship. We are glad that Georgia wants to take steps towards Europe. We are working to accelerate Georgia's even faster integration with the European Union. By expressing our common values and ideas, we will be able to live together in peace and friendship", said Johann David Wadephul.

The visit of the Ministry of Justice delegation to Germany began on September 6. Within the framework of the visit, meetings were held with the Minister of Justice of Germany, the President of the Chamber of Notaries, the Chairman of the Legal Committee of the Bundestag, the heads of the penitentiary and probation systems. Om addition, another meeting was held at Humboldt University.

Wednesday, 07 September 2022

Ministries of Justice of Georgia and German Federation Sign Germany-Georgia Cooperation Program for 2022-2025

The program envisions activities to be implemented in the direction of legal cooperation in civil cases and in the field of penitentiary and probation systems. The document was signed by Minister of Justice, Rati Bregadze and Federal Minister of Justice of Germany, Marko Bushman.

According to the cooperation program, there will be a sharing of sectoral experience on the issues of children's rights, juvenile justice, management and arrangement of the modern penitentiary and probation systems. In addition, Georgia will share the German experience regarding the rehabilitation and re-socialization, education and employment programs for convicts.

After signing the memorandum, Rati Bregadze thanked his German colleague. He expressed hope that the existing legal cooperation between Georgia and Germany will be further deepened and at the same time it will facilitate the process of Georgia's integration into the European Union.

Marko Bushman said that Georgia and Germany are connected by a long friendship. Germany shares the freedom of democracy and the value of the rule of law. The Minister of Justice of Germany noted that he is glad that the cooperation has reached a higher level and the joint cooperation program has been signed.

"The Federal Republic of Germany is ready to help Georgia to gain a place in the European Union. We are impressed by the ambitions and desires related to Georgia's EU membership," said Marko Bushman.

The meeting was attended by First Deputy Minister of Justice, Tamar Tkeshelashvili, Deputies, Beka Dzamashvili and Buba Lomuashvili, and the Georgian Ambassador to Germany.

Georgia Will Cooperate with the Chamber of Notaries of the German Federation in the Development of Notarial Law and the Improvement of the Legal Framework.

During the meeting with President of the Chamber of Notaries of the German Federation, Jens Bormann, Rati Bregadze spoke about the achievements of Georgia in the development of notarial law.

The Minister noted that an electronic register of notarial acts is operating in Georgia and citizens have the opportunity to receive all services remotely through electronic communication. The Minister also spoke about the fact that in Georgia, notary services are available in 12 districts across the country, which significantly saves the population's time and money.

Development of notarial law, technologies for preparing electronic legal transactions, means of preventing forgery of documents, implementation of joint professional training modules - these are the issues that the parties discussed at the meeting. After the meeting with Jens Bormann, Rati Bregadze said that Georgia will continue active cooperation with Germany.

First Deputy Minister of Justice, Tamar Tkeshelashvili, deputies, Beka Dzamashvili, Buba Lomuashvili and Ambassador of Georgia to Germany, Levan Izoria attended the meeting together with the Minister.

Delegation of Ministry of Justice Visits Heidering Penitentiary Facility

Minister of Justice, Rati Bregadze along with his deputies and the Georgian Ambassador to Germany visited the Heidering Penitentiary facility. The delegation was introduced to the German model of management of the penitentiary system, programs of rehabilitation and re-socialization, education of convicts, sports and employment.

The parties shared their experience and existing knowledge in the direction of proper functioning of penitentiary services. Rati Bregadze spoke about the projects of the Ministry of Justice.

At the meeting, the concept of "digital university" was discussed in detail, which the German side was interested in. Through this project, convicts have the opportunity to participate remotely in the process of learning in higher education institutions in an online format. In the future, Georgia will cooperate with Germany in terms of sharing experience regarding the "digital university".

Within the framework of the visit, Rati Bregadze spoke about the innovative technological device PROBBOX created for probationers. This technological device integrates all the services for which the probationers had to go to the probation offices until now. Neighboring countries have already shown interest in these projects of the Ministry of Justice, and Georgia is ready to share this experience with them.

The development of the penitentiary and crime prevention system is one of the main priorities of the Ministry of Justice. The agency has specified specific measures in its 10-year development plan. Among them, new, Construction of small-scale family-type penitentiary areas, increasing the access of convicts to education, promotion of activities outside the convict cell, for which various important projects are implemented. The Ministry of Justice promotes the employment of prisoners and the acquisition of skills necessary for the future profession.

Rati Bregadze Holds a Meeting at Humboldt University as Part of His Official Visit to Germany

During the meeting with the Deputy Dean of the Law Faculty of Humboldt University, Martin Heger, the Minister of Justice stated that for him, as for a graduate of the German Academy, the process of rapprochement of the Georgian-German academies is particularly important. Here he expressed his gratitude for the opportunity for Georgian students to study in Germany.

Rati Bregadze spoke about the fact that a law informatics course will be created on the basis of the Training Center of Justice. In Georgia, this direction of law is not taught at law faculties. During the meeting with the Minister of Justice, Martin Heger said that it would be interesting to involve the Humboldt University in this regard, as well as to share the German experience in the field of criminology.

Rati Bregadze also spoke about the strategic approach of the Ministry of Justice that in its daily activities, justice and rule of law projects are based on evidence, science, analytics and human rights-based approaches. To support this approach, the bilingual legal magazine Iustitia was founded in 2021, where scientific works are published; A memorandum of cooperation was signed with the Georgian Academy of Sciences; The scientific-advisory council under the Ministry of Justice was founded.

The Ministry of Justice signed memoranda with local universities. The students of the mentioned university will have the opportunity to practice in the Ministry of Justice, which in turn contributes to the attraction and development of intellectual resources.

First Deputy Minister of Justice, Tamar Tkeshelashvili and Deputies, Buba Lomuashvili and Beka Dzamashvili, and Ambassador of Georgia to Germany, Levan Izoria also attended the meeting held at Humboldt University.

Rati Bregadze Discusses Future Cooperation in the Law-making Process with the Legal Committee of the German Bundestag

Within the framework of his official visit to Germany, the Minister of Justice met today with Chairperson of the Legal Committee of the German Bundestag, Elisabeth Winkelmeier-Becker. First Deputy Minister, Tamar Tkeshelashvili, Deputies, Buba Lomuashvili and Beka Dzamashvili, and Georgian ambassador to Germany, Levan Izoria also attended the meeting.

At the meeting, the minister said that for him, as for the head of the department of law-making activities, the directions of cooperation with the Legal Committee of the Bundestag and the Federal Ministry of Justice of Germany are particularly interesting.

During the meeting, the members of the delegation of the Ministry of Justice also noted that the modern Georgian legal space was formed under the influence of the values established in Germany. Accordingly, the legal institutions regulated by the legislation of Georgia and their components are clearly similar to the German legal system. According to the Minister of Justice, a great contribution to the creation of the legislation of independent Georgia was made by Georgian scientists, who at one time attended the German school of law and used the experience gained in the preparation of the legislative framework.

The Minister of Justice spoke about the fact that in Georgia, as in all other countries, the Ministry of Justice ensures, on the one hand, law-making activities, and on the other hand, the harmonization of Georgian legislation with international legal norms.

As the Chairperson of the Legal Committee of the German Bundestag noted, such important issues as: legal policy, legal state and democracy were discussed at the meeting. "We have a very high interest in Georgia. At the meeting, we got acquainted with the different directions of the activities of the Ministry of Justice, including digital services. We shared our experiences with each other and I think we will continue to do so with pleasure in the future," said Elizabeth Winkelmeier-Becker.

At the end of the meeting held in the Bundestag, Rati Bregadze noted that it is interesting for him to share German experience and learn about research activities. According to the Minister, the agency is working on a new prison code, and it will be important to get acquainted with the German practice on this issue in the format of cooperation.

thuesday, 06 September 2022

Minister of Justice Holds a Presentation of the One-year Activity Report in Telavi

After Tbilisi, Kutaisi, Borjomi, Rustavi and Batumi, the Minister of Justice held a presentation of the agency’s activity report for the residents of Telavi. The Minister personally provided information to the people of Telavi about the reforms implemented by the Ministry of Justice and fulfilled promises.

Strengthening the direction of human rights protection, legal security and effective services - all the innovations offered by the Ministry of Justice to citizens are united around these three principles. In particular:

The innovative project Mobile Public Service Hall was introduced and is successfully operating in 7 regions; PROBBOX electronic service system for probationers was launched in 6 big cities of Georgia; The reform of systematic land registration started - in 59 municipalities of Georgia, land is being measured and registered step by step, according to the timeframe;

Infrastructural works continue – 5 new public service halls and a community center were opened; Constructions are underway in 6 more municipalities; Additionally, one more Public Service Hall will be opened in Tbilisi, in Hualing; The Samtskhe-Javakheti regional archive building opened in Akhaltsikhe;

The bilingual magazine Iustitia was founded and published; The largest electronic legal database HeinOnline became available to the Ministry of Justice;

Memoranda of mutual cooperation were signed with the Ministries of Justice of Turkey, Israel, Hungary, Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Switzerland;

Notary services have become available in administrative units - Saguramo, Gamarjveba, Martkofi, Shuakhevi, Adigeni, Aspindza, Kachreti, Keda, Khobi, Zestafon, Sighnaghi and Ambrolauri; Soon, citizens will be able to receive online notary services through a mobile application;

In addition, important reforms have been implemented in the penitentiary and probation systems – employment programs for prisoners have been strengthened; encouragement of sports activities in penitentiary institutions continues; Sports fields are being renovated; Regular trainings are in progress, probation offices opened in Sighnaghi, Terjola, Kutaisi and Zestafoni; The referral center opened in Kutaisi; Memoranda of cooperation have been signed with municipalities for the employment of persons sentenced with penal labor.

The presentation of the report was attended by the representatives of the local government, the Deputy Ministers of Justice, the employees of the local government agencies operating under the Telavi municipality and invited guests.

Ministry of Justice of Georgia and the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction Conclude Cooperation Agreement

The agreement was signed by Deputy Minister of Justice, Tornike Cheishvili and Director of the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA), Alexis Goosdeel. The agreement is a clear example of sectoral cooperation with EU agencies and will contribute to the process of Georgia's integration with the EU.

The cooperation agreement aims to deepen cooperation, strengthen the capabilities of the National Drug Monitoring Centre and support the data collection system. In addition, the agreement envisions the sharing of experience on drug-related health and social harm response mechanisms, drug abuse prevention and drug addiction treatment, as well as support prevention of related diseases and harm reduction.

The sharing of experience on new psychoactive substances and the creation and strengthening of the drug-related early warning system are additional key areas of cooperation between the parties.

The close sectoral cooperation between the EMCDDA and Georgia has been ongoing for years and the European agency makes a significant contribution to the promotion and development of a humane and evidence-based drug policy in the country.

The Georgian National Drug Observatory was established in January 2020 based on the order of the Minister of Justice, and it is analogous to the EMCDDA at the national level, which serves to promote the study, assessment and evidence analysis of the drug situation in the country.

The EMCDDA delegation will leave Georgia on September 15.

Friday, 02 September 2022

Candidate for Membership to Be Submitted to the European Commission for the Efficiency of Justice of the Council of Europe (CEPEJ) and the Consultative Council of European Judges of the Council of Europe (CCJE) by the Quota of Georgia Has Been Selected

The candidate for the membership of the European Commission for the Efficiency of Justice of the Council of Europe (CEPEJ) and the Consultative Council of European Judges of the Council of Europe (CCJE) by the quota of Georgia has been selected.

The selection competition for candidates to be submitted to the CEPEJ and the CCJE was held in two stages in accordance with the rules of the competition approved by the orders of the Minister of Justice of Georgia No. 848 and No. 850 of July 27, 2022. In the first stage, from July 28 to August 6, 2022, 6 candidates submitted applications for membership in the CEPEJ in the public competition announced on the official website of the Public Service Bureau of the State Public Service Agency (www.hr.gov.ge), and four candidates for the CCJE participated in the competition. After the selection of the applications submitted by the contestants, 3 candidates advanced to the interview stage and as a result of the two-stage competition, the candidate selection commission for membership in the CEPEJ and the CCJE selected the candidacy of Ketevan Tsintsadze, judge of the Supreme Court of Georgia, as a candidate to be presented by the quota of Georgia.

Ketevan Tsintsadze will be nominated to the European Commission for the Efficiency of Justice of the Council of Europe (CEPEJ) and the Consultative Council of European Judges of the Council of Europe (CCJE) by the quota of Georgia for a period of five years.

The CEPEJ works within the framework of its activities to improve the effectiveness and functioning of the justice systems in the countries, as well as to comply with the standards and legal instruments of the Council of Europe; The purpose of the activities of the commission member experts is to make a significant contribution to the process of implementation of the commission's functions and to support the effective implementation of justice systems in the member states of the Council of Europe. The CCJE member judges work in the direction of promoting the rule of law, the introduction of European standards, especially the independence, impartiality and competence of judges, as well as the effective performance of their judicial activities.

In accordance with the domestic procedure of conducting a competition for the purpose of selecting a candidate at the national level, the candidate for membership in the CEPEJ and the CCJE was selected by the competition commission, which was composed of representatives of the Ministry of Justice of Georgia, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia, the Supreme Court of Georgia and the Supreme Council of Justice of Georgia.

It should be noted that the Minister of Justice of Georgia was given the authority to determine the rules and procedure for the selection of candidates from Georgia to international courts, as well as to international organizations working on human rights and legal issues, by the resolution of the Government of Georgia No. 234. It is significant that with the adoption of this resolution, transparent procedures for the selection of candidates to be submitted from Georgia to international organizations have been established, within the framework of which the candidates will be selected as a result of an open competition.

Thursday, 01 September 2022

New Branch of Public Service Hall Opens in Varketili

More than 100,000 residents of Varketili-Vazisubani will be able to use up to 470 services of the Public Service Hall in the new branch opened today in the building of Hualing Group. Opening the branch in the shopping center is a good example of successful cooperation between the state and the private sector, which significantly saves time and money of the population;

Increasing the availability of state services is one of the priorities of the Ministry of Justice. Justice Minister, Rati Bregadze opened the Varketili branch of the Public Service Hall together with his deputies. The Minister met the employees, got acquainted with the working process and received information about the needs of the customers.

The Varketili Public Service Hall has started operating at full capacity since September 1 and offers customers the highest quality services typical of the Public Service Hall. The new branch will help to manage and redistribute customer flows from the central Tbilisi branch, and optimize waiting and service time.

About 45 employees have been employed in the new branch. In addition to the central office of the Public Service Hall in Tbilisi, there are already two branches of the Public Service Hall in Varketili and Gldani.

thuesday, 30 August 2022

Performance of Convicts on the Stage of Marjanishvili Theater

The performance of the play - Angels Fly Over the Prison was held today in the Kote Marjanishvili State Drama Theater with the participation of convicts. 19 convicts participate in this one-act play. The script, direction, props, artistic decoration and posters belong to the convicts themselves. The performance was staged in Penitentiary No. 5 (Women’s Prison).

In the process of working on the play, the convicts had the full support of the management of the penitentiary service, as this is part of their re-socialization and rehabilitation program. The play itself is based on the idea that the convict, like any other person, should be able to start life with a clean slate after making a mistake. The process of working on the play was a kind of way for each participating convict to understand that through overcoming internal difficulties they will be able to draw experience from their mistakes that will help them plan their lives better. Angels Fly Over the Prison has already been performed on the stage of the Sandro AkhmeteliState Drama Theater;

Some of the convicts participating in the first performance have already left the penitentiary and were replaced by other convicts. The performance itself, as well as the process of working on it, is a kind of rehearsal for returning to society for convicts. Before the performance, an exhibition of handicrafts made by convicts was organized in the lobby of the Marjanishvili Theater.

The performance was attended by Minister of Justice, Rati Bregadze, the Deputy Ministers of Justice, Minister of Education and Science, Mikheil Chkhenkeli, who cooperates with the Ministry of Justice within the framework of the "Digital University" project, members of the legislative authority, representatives of the LEPLs of the Ministry of Justice and members of the Patriarchate.

Wednesday, 24 August 2022

Selection Competition for Candidate to be presented in Council of Europe’s Group of Experts on Action Against Trafficking in Human Being (GRETA) Has Been Announced

The indicated competition will be held in accordance with the rules of the competition approved by the order of the Minister of Justice of Georgia No. 852 of August 23, 2022. The Minister of Justice of Georgia has been granted the authority to determine the rules and procedure for the selection of candidates from Georgia to be submitted to international courts, as well as to international organizations working on human rights and legal issues and their bodies, by the Resolution No. 234 of the Government of Georgia. It should be noted that before the adoption of this resolution, there was no unified approach to the selection rules and procedures of candidates to be submitted from Georgia in international organizations; The purpose of granting this authority to the Minister of Justice is the effective and timely fulfillment of international obligations to Georgia, and the selection and nomination of a candidate in the above-mentioned bodies impartially and in accordance with international standards.

The participation of representatives of thematic agencies is envisaged in the composition of the candidate selection commission.

The selected candidate will act individually, independently and impartially within the framework of his activities in the above-mentioned body. Competition requirements are posted at the following address:

Candidate for membership of the Council of Europe’s Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Being (GRETA) https://www.hr.gov.ge/JobProvider/UserOrgVaks/Details/73028?active=1

Monday, 22 August 2022

Ministry of Justice and Academy of Sciences Conclude Memorandum of Cooperation

The cooperation document envisions a new platform for cooperation between the Ministry of Justice and the Academy of Sciences. The parties will develop and implement joint scientific-research, educational and legal projects, organize conferences, symposiums, seminars, round tables and public discussions; Scientific works will be published in the magazine Matsne of the National Academy of Sciences and the magazine Iustitia of the Ministry of Justice.

The memorandum was signed by Minister of Justice. Rati Bregadze and President of the National Academy of Sciences, Giorgi Kvesitadze.

The deepening of cooperation with the Academy of Sciences is another step to promote the law-making process based on scientific conclusions and analytics, which is a priority direction of the strategy of the Ministry of Justice for 2022-2024.

For this purpose, the Ministry of Justice has already implemented a number of activities:

- A bilingual legal magazine Iustitia was founded, two issues of which are already available;

- A scientific-advisory council was created at the Ministry of Justice and staffed with prominent experts in various fields, which will develop draft laws, concepts, conclusions and opinions to be submitted to the Minister of Justice;

- Bilateral cooperation documents were also signed with authorized higher education institutions in Georgia.

Ministry of Justice and Academy of Sciences Conclude Memorandum of Cooperation

The cooperation document envisions a new platform for cooperation between the Ministry of Justice and the Academy of Sciences. The parties will develop and implement joint scientific-research, educational and legal projects, organize conferences, symposiums, seminars, round tables and public discussions; Scientific works will be published in the magazine Matsne of the National Academy of Sciences and the magazine Iustitia of the Ministry of Justice.

The memorandum was signed by Minister of Justice. Rati Bregadze and President of the National Academy of Sciences, Giorgi Kvesitadze.

The deepening of cooperation with the Academy of Sciences is another step to promote the law-making process based on scientific conclusions and analytics, which is a priority direction of the strategy of the Ministry of Justice for 2022-2024.

For this purpose, the Ministry of Justice has already implemented a number of activities:

- A bilingual legal magazine Iustitia was founded, two issues of which are already available;

- A scientific-advisory council was created at the Ministry of Justice and staffed with prominent experts in various fields, which will develop draft laws, concepts, conclusions and opinions to be submitted to the Minister of Justice;

- Bilateral cooperation documents were also signed with authorized higher education institutions in Georgia.

Monday, 15 August 2022

National Agency for Crime Prevention, Enforcement of Non-custodial Sentences and Probation Will Be Implementing a New Prevention Measure - Movement Restriction

The concept of restricting movement as a form of preventive measure was discussed by members of the legislative and executive authorities.

The purpose of the amendments is to introduce a new measure into the Criminal Procedure Code - restriction of movement, which is enforced through electronic monitoring, and the use of electronic surveillance for those accused of violence against women.

According to the initiative, the implementation of the new mechanism will be ensured by the Ministry of Justice's National Agency for the Execution of Non-custodial Sentences and Probation. Therefore, the effectiveness of movement restrictions will depend on the agency's technical and human capabilities. Minister of Justice, Rati Bregadze spoke about these issues today.

According to the Minister of Justice, all initiatives in penitentiary and probation systems, including the movement restriction mechanism, serve to protect human dignity and rights. On the one hand, it implies a humane approach to accused persons and the use of a lighter form of detention instead of imprisonment for them, and on the other hand, it saves state funds - enforcement of movement restrictions requires approximately 80% less financial costs than providing imprisonment.

Rati Bregadze emphasized the fact that this prevention measure will not apply to all types of crimes and its use will be the prerogative of the court. According to the minister, the National Agency for the Execution of Non-custodial Sentences and Probation will purchase 1,000 wristbands and the same number of servers in the first stage for the enforcement of movement restrictions. In addition, it is planned to increase the number of employees of the electronic monitoring center and train them.

According to the Minister, the probation system is always ready for innovation. A good example of this is Probbox - an electronic service system for probationers, as well as a 24-hour monitoring service, which was created in the National Agency for the Execution of Non-custodial Sentences and Probation last year.

At the meeting, Deputy Minister of Justice Buba Lomuashvili presented the necessary measures for the implementation of the new prevention mechanism.

Speaker of the Parliament, Shalva Papuashvili, Prosecutor General, Irakli Shotadze, and Counselor of the Department of Justice of the US Embassy, Lena Owens, as well as representatives of the Public Defender, Lawyers' Bar Association, Young Lawyers' Association, Legal Aid Service, other state agencies and non-governmental organizations participated in the discussion of this legislative initiative.

Thursday, 11 August 2022

Church Built by Convicts Opens on the Territory of Institution No. 10

The construction of the St. Panteleimon the Healer Temple on the territory of penitentiary institution No. 10 was ongoing for a year. Up to 40 convicts took part in the construction process.

On the 1,500 square meters of land, a baptistery and monastic cells were also built, where chanting, theological and Bible study courses will be held for the convicts.

The church opened today with the blessing of the Catholicos-Patriarch of All Georgia, Archbishop of Mtskheta-Tbilisi, Metropolitan of Bichvinta and Tskhum-Abkhazia, His Holiness Ilia II. Minister of Justice, Rati Bregadze opened the temple together with representatives of the Patriarchate.

The convicts who participated in the construction were given certificates and souvenirs from the Patriarch.

Head of the Special Penitentiary Service, Nika Tshvarashvili and his deputy Giorgi Giorgadze also attended the liturgy.

thuesday, 09 August 2022

Minister of Justice Holds a Presentation of the One-year Activity Report in Gori

The Minister of Justice continues to present the one-year report on the agency's activities in the cities of Georgia. After Tbilisi, Kutaisi, Borjomi, Rustavi, Batumi and Telavi, Rati Bregadze visited Gori today. The Minister personally informed the residents of Gori about the implemented reforms and fulfilled promises.

The minister's report covers all spheres of activity of the Ministry of Justice and the LEPLs under its governance and reflects the progress that has been achieved over the past year. In particular:

The innovative project Mobile Public Service Hall was introduced and is successfully operating in 7 regions; PROBBOX electronic service system for probationers was launched in 6 big cities of Georgia;

The reform of systematic land registration started - in 59 municipalities of Georgia, land is being measured and registered step by step, according to the timeframe;

Infrastructural works continue – 5 new public service halls and a community center were opened; Constructions are underway in 6 more municipalities; Additionally, one more Public Service Hall will be opened in Tbilisi, in Hualing; The Samtskhe-Javakheti regional archive building opened in Akhaltsikhe;

The bilingual magazine Iustitia was founded and published; The largest electronic legal database HeinOnline became available to the Ministry of Justice;

Memoranda of mutual cooperation were signed with the Ministries of Justice of Turkey, Israel, Hungary, Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Switzerland;

Notary services have become available in 12 administrative units; Soon, citizens will be able to receive online notary services through a mobile application;

Employment programs for prisoners have been strengthened in the penitentiary and probation systems; encouragement of sports activities in penitentiary institutions continues;

Probation offices opened in Sighnaghi, Terjola, Kutaisi and Zestafoni; The referral center opened in Kutaisi; Memoranda of cooperation have been signed with municipalities for the employment of persons sentenced with penal labor.

The presentation of the one-year activity report of the Ministry of Justice was attended by local government representatives, deputy ministers of justice and invited guests.

Monday, 08 August 2022

Minister of Justice and His Deputies Hold a Public Lecture on Protection of Georgian Sovereignty by Legal Means at the National Defense Academy of Georgia

The meeting of the Minister of Justice and his deputies with the cadets of the Davit Agmashenebeli Georgian National Defense Academy in Gori was dedicated to the August war. Rector of the academy, General Mamia Balakhadze, was also present at the event.

Gori is one of the cities that suffered the most from the Russian aggression 14 years ago. It was Iskander missile that fell in Gori and became the "Golden Evidence" which won a historic victory of Georgia in the Strasburg Court. The Ministry of Justice presented 15 witnesses to the International Court, residents of different villages, who have suffered the misfortune of the war, including mothers who have lost their children.

Soldiers who died as a result of the Russian aggression in 2008, soldiers who lost their comrades in the war; Victims who testified before the International Court; And the state together is the force that was able to confirm in Strasbourg the fact of Russia's occupation of Georgia.

The Minister of Justice and his deputies spoke to the cadets gathered at the National Defense Academy of Georgia about the ongoing disputes against Russia in Strasbourg and the Hague, which ended with decisions of historical significance for Georgia in the case of the August War. The conversation touched on the decision of the Strasbourg court to exclude more than 3,300 complaints submitted by the population of Tskhinvali region against Georgia, filed with the coordination of Russia. The fact proves once again that during the 2008 war, the Georgian military acted in compliance with the norms of international law.

The Minister of Justice and the deputies explained that the confirmation of the occupation of Georgia by the Russian Federation in 2008 by the Strasbourg court, the recognition of the ethnic cleansing of Georgians in the Tskhinvali region; Also, establishing Russia's guilt for killing and torturing Georgian prisoners of war; The inhuman and degrading treatment of military and civilians is a powerful legal tool for the further de-occupation of our country.

The lecture discussed the issue of arrest warrants by the Hague Court against 3 "high-ranking officials" of the Tskhinvali region, who are accused of torture and ill-treatment of Georgian civilian prisoners during the August war. The Prosecutor's Office of the Hague Court also stressed the issue of Russian General Borisov's responsibility. Based on this decision, after Strasbourg, the Hague International Criminal Court confirmed the responsibility of specific representatives of the Russian Federation and the separatist regimes for the crimes committed during the August War.

In order to end disputes in international courts in favor of Georgia, the Ministry of Justice submitted about 700 pieces of evidence (including video and photo materials, radar data, expert reports, surveillance camera recordings, records confirming explosions by a seismic station, witness statements, satellite images, media materials, international organizations reports, telephone surveillance records, mining reports, etc.) and a number of documents with relevant analysis and arguments.

Saturday, 06 August 2022

Deputy Ministers of Justice Holds a Lecture "Protection of Georgia

The cycle of lectures on the topic - victories of the Ministry of Justice achieve in the European Courts of Human Rights to protect the country's sovereignty and territorial integrity - continued today in Telavi.

First Deputy Minister of Justice, Tamar Tkeshelashvili and Deputy Minister, Beka Dzamashvili spoke to the audience about the ongoing cases against Russia in Strasbourg and the Hague, which ended with decisions of historical significance for Georgia in the case of the August War.

The Deputy Ministers of Justice explained that the confirmation of the occupation of Georgia by the Russian Federation in 2008 by the Strasbourg Court, recognition of the ethnic cleansing of Georgians in the Tskhinvali region; Also, establishing Russia's guilt for killing and torturing Georgian prisoners of war; The inhuman and degrading treatment of military and civilians is a powerful legal tool for the further de-occupation of our country.

The conversation also touched upon the decision of the Strasbourg court to exclude or recognize as inadmissible more than 3,300 complaints filed against Georgia by residents of the Tskhinvali region, which were filed with the coordination of Russia. According to the Deputy Minister, the fact proves once again that during the 2008 war, the Georgian military acted in compliance with the norms of international law. The lecture discussed the issue of arrest warrants by the Hague Court against 3 "high-ranking officials" of the Tskhinvali region, who are accused of torture and ill-treatment of Georgian civilian prisoners during the August war. After Strasbourg, with this decision, the Hague International Criminal Court confirmed the responsibility of specific representatives of the Russian Federation and the separatist regimes for the crimes committed during the August war.

The event was attended by Irakli Shioshvili, the state trustee in Kakheti region, local government representatives, civil servants, and students of Telavi State University.

Friday, 05 August 2022

Sports Festival Held in Penitentiary Institution No. 16

A tournament was held among convicts in the penitentiary institution No. 16 in 7 sports categories: backgammon, chess, basketball, volleyball, football, handball and table tennis.

Minister of Justice, Rati Bregadze personally awarded the winners of the sports festival with symbolic gifts. During the meeting with the convicts, the Minister spoke about the importance of popularizing a healthy lifestyle in penitentiary institutions and the need for prisoners to participate in various types of sports.

After the tournament, the convicts performed several musical numbers for the guests.

The sports festival was held within the framework of the memorandum of cooperation signed between the Special Penitentiary Service and the International Foundation for Sports, Tourism and Youth, which serves to promote re-socialization and rehabilitation of convicts and support a healthy lifestyle in penitentiary institutions.

Together with the Minister of Justice, Head of the Special Penitentiary Service, Nika Tshvarashvili, his Deputy, Giorgi Giorgadze and Head of the International Foundation for Sports, Tourism and Youth, Tariel Khechikashvili attended the tournament.

Wednesday, 03 August 2022

Performance of Convicts on the Stage of Marjanishvili Theater

The performance of the play - Angels Fly Over the Prison was held today in the Kote Marjanishvili State Drama Theater with the participation of convicts. 19 convicts participate in this one-act play. The script, direction, props, artistic decoration and posters belong to the convicts themselves. The performance was staged in Penitentiary No. 5 (Women’s Prison).

In the process of working on the play, the convicts had the full support of the management of the penitentiary service, as this is part of their re-socialization and rehabilitation program. The play itself is based on the idea that the convict, like any other person, should be able to start life with a clean slate after making a mistake. The process of working on the play was a kind of way for each participating convict to understand that through overcoming internal difficulties they will be able to draw experience from their mistakes that will help them plan their lives better. Angels Fly Over the Prison has already been performed on the stage of the Sandro AkhmeteliState Drama Theater;

Some of the convicts participating in the first performance have already left the penitentiary and were replaced by other convicts. The performance itself, as well as the process of working on it, is a kind of rehearsal for returning to society for convicts. Before the performance, an exhibition of handicrafts made by convicts was organized in the lobby of the Marjanishvili Theater.

The performance was attended by Minister of Justice, Rati Bregadze, the Deputy Ministers of Justice, Minister of Education and Science, Mikheil Chkhenkeli, who cooperates with the Ministry of Justice within the framework of the "Digital University" project, members of the legislative authority, representatives of the LEPLs of the Ministry of Justice and members of the Patriarchate.

thuesday, 02 August 2022

Competition for Selection of Candidates from Georgia to Be Submitted to the Relevant Bodies of the Council of Europe and the United Nations Has Been Announced

In the United Nations Subcommittee on the Prevention of Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (SPT), the competitions for selection of candidates from Georgia to be submitted to the European Commission for the Efficiency of Justice (CEPEJ) and the Consultative Council of European Judges (CCJE) of the Council of Europe have been announced. The indicated contests will be held in accordance with the rules of conducting the competition approved by the orders of the Minister of Justice of Georgia No. 848, No. 849 and No. 850 of July 27, 2022. The Minister of Justice of Georgia has been granted the authority to determine the rules and procedure for the selection of candidates from Georgia to be submitted to international courts, as well as to international organizations working on human rights and legal issues and their bodies, by the Resolution No. 234 of the Government of Georgia. It should be noted that before the adoption of this resolution, there was no unified approach to the rules and procedures for the selection of candidates; The purpose of granting this authority to the Minister of Justice is the effective and timely fulfillment of the international obligations before Georgia, the selection and presentation of a candidate in the above-mentioned bodies impartially and in accordance with international standards. The participation of representatives of thematic agencies is considered in the composition of the candidate selection commission.

Candidates selected and nominated by the Georgian quota will act individually, independently and impartially in the above-mentioned bodies within the framework of their activities. Competition requirements are placed at the following links:

- Candidate for membership of the Council of Europe's European Commission for the Efficiency of Justice (CEPEJ) - https:/www.hr.gov.ge/JobProvider/UserOrgVaks/Details/72655?active=1 ;

- Candidate for the membership of the Consultative Council of European Judges (CCJE) of the Council of Europe- https://www.hr.gov.ge/JobProvider/UserOrgVaks/Details/72722?active=1 ;

- Candidate for membership of the United Nations Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (SPT) - https://www.hr.gov.ge/JobProvider/UserOrgVaks/Details/72654?active=1.

In the near future, additional selection contests will be announced for the nomination of candidates to those international bodies where the deadline for the nomination of a candidate from Georgia is approaching.

Ministry of Justice Publishes the Second Issue of Iustitia

In the 2nd issue of the magazine, the reader can get acquainted with the works of Georgian and foreign researchers on such actual challenges of modern legal science as: the relationship between the church and the state, definition of the concept of terrorism; Legal definition of cyber-attack; jury and mediation institutions in the Georgian legal space; Alternative dispute resolution in competition law.

For those interested in the history of law, the publication of the famous scholar Wilhelm Sauer's work ("Justice") continues, which is being published in Georgian for the first time. It is also possible to get acquainted with the Polish Constitution of 1791.

In the 2nd issue of the publication, the reader will also meet the interviews of Minister of Justice of Armenia, Karen Andreasian, and Prosecutor General of Georgia, Irakli Shotadze; The biography of the famous Georgian scientist, legal expert, Otar Gamkrelidze.

The Georgian-English magazine of the Ministry of Justice "IUSTITIA" was founded in June last year on the initiative of the Minister of Justice. It is a quarterly, refereed and peer-reviewed publication. Its purpose is to promote the development of separate fields of law and the deepening of academic discussion on legal issues.

Monday, 01 August 2022

Scientific Advisory Council Is Established at the Ministry of Justice of Georgia

In order to involve academic circles and the scientific community in the process of reforms, law-making activities, development and implementation of policy documents in the Ministry's system, the Ministry of Justice is establishing a new platform. According to the decision of the Minister of Justice, Rati Bregadze, a scientific advisory council was established at the agency, which is staffed by prominent experts in various fields of law.

The Scientific Advisory Council will develop draft laws, concepts, conclusions and opinions to be submitted to the Minister of Justice; These scientific and expert proposals will be taken into account in various spheres of activity of the Ministry of Justice.

Promotion of the law-making process based on scientific conclusions and analytics is one of the main priorities of the 10-year strategy of the Ministry of Justice. For this purpose, the bilingual legal journal Iustitia was founded last year, which is a quarterly, refereed and peer-reviewed publication. The presentation of the 2nd issue of the magazine was symbolically held at the session of the Scientific Advisory Council.

The members of the council include representatives of the Ministry of Justice, heads of law schools of higher educational institutions and professors.

Thursday, 28 July 2022

Minister of Justice, Rati Bregadze Holds a Farewell Meeting with Ambassador of the German Federation in Georgia, Hubert Knirsch

The Minister thanked the Ambassador for his cooperation and talked about future prospects. During the meeting with Hubert Knirsh, Rati Bregadze emphasized the special role of Germany in supporting Georgia's European perspective. The Minister also noted the Ambassador's personal contribution to the issue of deepening the relations between the two countries.

Rati Bregadze expressed hope that the cooperation between Georgia and Germany will become even more intensive and wished Hubert Knirsh success in his future career.

thuesday, 26 July 2022

Ministry of Justice Celebrates Day of the National Agency for Crime Prevention, Enforcement of Non-custodial Sentences and Probation for the First Time

Minister of Justice of Georgia, Rati Bregadze congratulated the employees of the agency on their professional day. The Minister summarized the implemented projects and thanked the employees for their services.

Head of the National Agency for Crime Prevention, Enforcement of Non-custodial Sentences and Probation, Lado Kheladze introduced the results of the agency's activities and development vision to the employees. He focused on technological innovations, strengthening the direction of crime prevention, promotion of human resources development, infrastructural renewals and provision of necessary services to the beneficiaries.

Over the past year, a number of promises in the direction of crime prevention and probation have been fulfilled:

The first innovative device in Europe Probbox - an electronic service system for probationers, which provides geographic availability and anonymity of probation services. Currently, Probbox is distributed in the Public Service Halls and municipal buildings in 7 cities of Georgia, and in the future its number will increase to 250;

The renovated office of the Imereti Regional Probation Bureau opened in Kutaisi, and municipal offices - in Zestafon and Terjola. Meanwhile, Gardabani, Sighnaghi, Kaspi and Chkhorotsku probation offices have been located in the Public Service Halls and Community Centers of the same cities; The first regional office of the Juvenile Referral Center also opened in Kutaisi;

With respect to HR development - the number of probation officers increased by 12%, the number of social workers by 26%, and the number of psychologists by 67%. Code of ethics for probation officers has been developed as well;

4 new rehabilitation programs were introduced in the direction of re-socialization-rehabilitation of convicts and ex-prisoners. 577 minors and adults under the age of 21 have been included in diversion programs. The rate of successful mediation was statistically the highest - 67%;

In order to promote the employment of the beneficiaries of the agency, memoranda have been concluded with the State Employment Agency, the Ministry of Environment Protection and Agriculture. After the involvement of persons sentenced to penal labor in the implementation of infrastructural projects and after serving the sentence, for the promotion of their employment, memoranda have been signed with the mayors of different municipalities;

Mobile and 24-hour electronic monitoring teams have been created for effective enforcement of house arrest.

At the end of the event, Deputy Minister of Justice, Buba Lomuashvili and Head of the Bureau, Lado Kheladze awarded the successful professionals with certificates of appreciation.

The event dedicated to the day of the National Agency for Crime Prevention, Enforcement of Non-custodial Sentences and Probation was attended by agency employees, deputy ministers of justice, heads of structural units of the ministry, and representatives of the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) of the United States of America.

Saturday, 23 July 2022

Ministry of Justice and Batumi State University Conclude Memorandum of Cooperation

The Ministry of Justice of Georgia continues to cooperate with higher education institutions. The agency signed the memorandum today with Shota Rustaveli Batumi State University.

Within the framework of the memorandum, students will undergo training at the Ministry of Justice and will acquire the necessary skills to work independently. The Ministry will promote the successful employment of students in the Ministry's system.

The document was signed by Minister of Justice Rati Bregadze and Rector of BSU, Merab Khalvashi.

Also today, Deputy Minister of Justice, Beka Dzamashvili delivered a public lecture to students and teachers at Batumi University. The topic of the lecture was the legal security of the country and the legal struggle to protect the sovereignty of Georgia. The Deputy Minister spoke about the importance of the protection of state interests by the Ministry of Justice for the sovereignty of Georgia and the subsequent de-occupation, what legal leverage is provided to Georgia by the Strasbourg Court’s confirmation of the fact of occupation by the Russian Federation, as well as, recognition of the ethnic cleansing of Georgians in the Tskhinvali region; Also, establishing Russia's guilt for killing and torturing Georgian prisoners of war; for inhumane and degrading treatment of military and civilian persons.

The lecture discussed the issuance of arrest warrants by the Hague Court against 3 "high-ranking officials" of the Tskhinvali region, as well as the decision of the Strasbourg Court to exclude or recognize as inadmissible more than 3,300 complaints submitted by the residents of the Tskhinvali region against Georgia, which were filed with the coordination of Russia.

At the end of the lecture, the Deputy Minister of Justice answered the audience's questions.

The event was attended by students, professors and teachers of Batumi State University and Naval Academy, members of the Adjara government and deputy ministers of justice.

Minister of Justice Holds a Presentation of the One-year Activity Report in Batumi

The Minister of Justice continues to present the Ministry’s activity reports in the regions. After Tbilisi, Kutaisi, Borjomi and Rustavi, the event was also held in Batumi. Rati Bregadze spoke about the reforms implemented by the Ministry of Justice and fulfilled promises.

Strengthening the direction of human rights protection, legal security and effective services - all the innovations offered by the Ministry of Justice to citizens are united around these three principles. In particular:

The innovative project Mobile Public Service Hall was introduced and is successfully operating in 7 regions; PROBBOX electronic service system for probationers was launched in 6 big cities of Georgia; The reform of systematic land registration started - in 59 municipalities of Georgia, land is being measured and registered step by step, according to the timeframe;

Infrastructural works continue – 5 new public service halls and a community center were opened; Constructions are underway in 6 more municipalities; Additionally, one more Public Service Hall will be opened in Tbilisi, in Hualing; The Samtskhe-Javakheti regional archive building opened in Akhaltsikhe;

The bilingual magazine Iustitia was founded and published; The largest electronic legal database HeinOnline became available to the Ministry of Justice; Memoranda of mutual cooperation were signed with the Ministries of Justice of Turkey, Israel, Hungary, Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Switzerland;

Notary services have become available in administrative units - Saguramo, Gamarjveba, Martkofi, Shuakhevi, Adigeni, Aspindza, Kachreti, Keda, Khobi, Zestafon, Sighnaghi and Ambrolauri; Soon, citizens will be able to receive online notary services through a mobile application;

In addition, important reforms have been implemented in the penitentiary and probation systems – employment programs for prisoners have been strengthened; encouragement of sports activities in penitentiary institutions continues; Sports fields are being renovated; Regular trainings are in progress, probation bureaus opened in Sighnaghi, Terjola, Kutaisi and Zestafoni; The referral center opened in Kutaisi; Memoranda of cooperation have been signed with municipalities for the employment of persons sentenced with penal labor.

The presentation of the report was attended by the representatives of the government of Adjara, the Deputy Ministers of Justice, the employees of the LEPLs operating under the ministry and invited guests.

Wednesday, 13 July 2022

The Ministers of Justice of Georgia and the Federal Republic of Germany Agree on a New Format of Cooperation

The ministers of justice of the two countries discussed prospects of deepening mutual cooperation at a meeting organized within the framework of the conference of ministers of justice and internal affairs in Prague.

The cooperation between Georgia and the Federal Republic of Germany will become more intensive in the field of civil and criminal law in the direction of managing and organizing a modern penitentiary and probation system; Rehabilitation and re-socialization programs will be implemented in penitentiary and probation systems; The Georgian side will share the German experience in the field of juvenile justice; German experts will be involved in the process of harmonizing Georgian legislation with EU law.

Minister of Justice of Germany invited Rati Bregadze to Berlin for an official visit.

Minister of Justice, Rati Bregadze is in Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic, to participate in the ministerial meeting of EU member states. Ministers of Justice of Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine are also attending the conference.

The Ministers of Justice of Georgia and the Federal Republic of Germany Agree on a New Format of Cooperation

The ministers of justice of the two countries discussed prospects of deepening mutual cooperation at a meeting organized within the framework of the conference of ministers of justice and internal affairs in Prague.

The cooperation between Georgia and the Federal Republic of Germany will become more intensive in the field of civil and criminal law in the direction of managing and organizing a modern penitentiary and probation system; Rehabilitation and re-socialization programs will be implemented in penitentiary and probation systems; The Georgian side will share the German experience in the field of juvenile justice; German experts will be involved in the process of harmonizing Georgian legislation with EU law.

Minister of Justice of Germany invited Rati Bregadze to Berlin for an official visit.

Minister of Justice, Rati Bregadze is in Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic, to participate in the ministerial meeting of EU member states. Ministers of Justice of Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine are also attending the conference.

Minister of Justice of Georgia: "Close Sectoral Cooperation with European Colleagues Is Extremely Important for Us on the Path of Integration into the European Union"

Rati Bregadze continues to hold bilateral meetings with the ministers of justice of EU member states within the framework of the current ministerial in the Czech Republic. The Minister of Justice of Georgia met today his Greek counterpart.

Rati Bregadze spoke with Kostas Tsiaris about the importance of international relations and expressed hope that the sectoral cooperation between the Ministries of Justice of Georgia and Greece will further deepen.

The parties talked about the possible directions of continuing the relationship.

The Minister of Justice of Georgia proposed to his Greek counterpart to sign a memorandum of cooperation between the Ministries of Justice of Georgia and Greece.

"I am sure that the memorandum will create an excellent platform for further strengthening of our cooperation and will open doors for new initiatives", said Rati Bregadze.

Strengthening international cooperation is a priority direction of the 10-year strategy of the Ministry of Justice of Georgia. Since launching the strategy in 2021 to the present, memoranda of mutual cooperation have already been signed with the ministries of justice of Turkey, Israel, Hungary, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Switzerland, and Indonesia.

Ministers of Justice of Georgia and Portugal Discuss New Opportunities for Cooperation

Rati Bregadze met with his Portuguese counterpart within the framework of the Ministerial of Justice Ministers of EU Member States in Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic. First Deputy Minister, Tamar Tkeshelashvili was also present at the meeting.

The Ministers of Justice of the two countries discussed concrete initiatives for deepening bilateral relations, including in the fields of electronic services and development of electronic government. The conversation also touched on the process of harmonization of Georgian legislation with EU law.

In addition to the Minister of Justice of Portugal, Rati Bregadze held meetings with the Ministers of Justice of Germany, the Czech Republic, and Greece. In addition to sectoral topics, the topic of discussion with the ministers of justice of the EU member states was the European perspective of Georgia.

Minister of Justice, Rati Bregadze was in Prague to participate in the ministerial meeting of EU member states. One of the discussed topics was the improvement of cooperation in the field of criminal justice.

Ministers of Justice of Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine also attended the ministerial meeting.

Rati Bregadze met with his Portuguese counterpart within the framework of the Ministerial of Justice Ministers of EU Member States in Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic. First Deputy Minister, Tamar Tkeshelashvili was also present at the meeting.

The Ministers of Justice of the two countries discussed concrete initiatives for deepening bilateral relations, including in the fields of electronic services and development of electronic government. The conversation also touched on the process of harmonization of Georgian legislation with EU law.

In addition to the Minister of Justice of Portugal, Rati Bregadze held meetings with the Ministers of Justice of Germany, the Czech Republic, and Greece. In addition to sectoral topics, the topic of discussion with the ministers of justice of the EU member states was the European perspective of Georgia.

Minister of Justice, Rati Bregadze was in Prague to participate in the ministerial meeting of EU member states. One of the discussed topics was the improvement of cooperation in the field of criminal justice.

Ministers of Justice of Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine also attended the ministerial meeting.

thuesday, 12 July 2022

Rati Bregadze Presents a Report at the Ministerial Meeting of the Ministers of Justice of the EU Member States

A Ministerial Meeting of the ministers of justice of the EU member states was held in Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic, in which the Ministers of Justice of Georgia, Ukraine and the Republic of Moldova participated as well. One of the issues discussed by the Ministerial was cooperation in the field of criminal law and exchange of information between countries by electronic means.

Rati Bregadze noted that Georgia has a very good experience of cooperation with EU member states in the field of criminal law. The format of cooperation includes both bilateral relations and active participation in joint crime fighting activities organized within the framework of the European Union Agency for Criminal Justice Cooperation (EUROJUST).

According to Rati Bregadze, Georgia is ready to conduct cooperation with EU member states by electronic and digital means, which is provided by Georgian legislation and relevant infrastructure. In particular, electronic signature and documentation exchange platforms with digital means have been actively used in Georgia for years. This kind of practice exists within the framework of cooperation with many states in the field of criminal law, and if there is a willingness on the part of the EU states, Georgia will actively participate in the initiative of implementing cooperation through electronic means.

Effectiveness and strengthening of e-services have become even more relevant in the light of recent global crises in the world. It was during this period that it became necessary to create additional tools for electronic communications and services in the field of mutual legal assistance in criminal cases with non-EU countries.

Monday, 11 July 2022

Deputy Minister of Justice Reviews the Report of the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture (CPT)

Deputy Minister of Justice, Tornike Cheishvili spoke at the event about the positive trends reflected in the CPT monitoring document. It was noted that according to the report of the European Committee, there is a positive and calm relationship between the staff of the penitentiary institutions and the prisoners, and that the delegation did not receive information about any facts of improper treatment of the prisoners by the prison staff.

Tornike Cheishvili also spoke about the CPT's evaluation of the healthcare system of the penitentiary service and noted that the committee considers the treatment of communicable diseases in penitentiary institutions to be quickly and easily accessible, and gives a particularly high rating to the practice of managing COVID, as a result of which, despite the pandemic, it was possible for prisoners to maintain contact with the outside world.

As for the recommendations recorded in the report, according to the Deputy Minister, some of them have already been considered and reflected in the 10-year strategy of the Ministry of Justice. In particular, a new strategy for managing sports in the penitentiary system has already been approved, sports fields have been renovated; the Digital University program was launched. In order to eliminate the existing challenges at the legislative level, active work is already underway on the new Imprisonment Code, which will be presented to the Parliament of Georgia in the autumn session:

"A relevant inter-departmental group, a new imprisonment code, and the activity of the indicated work platform will be focused on the fact that any issue that may be acute in practice today, will first of all be eliminated at the legislative level," said Tornike Cheishvili.

The review of the monitoring report carried out by the CPT in Georgia was organized by the Public Defender of Georgia and was attended by representatives of state agencies, the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture, international organizations and the diplomatic corps.

Ministers of Justice of Georgia and the Czech Republic Discuss Bilateral Cooperation Initiatives

The meeting of Rati Bregadze and Pavel Blazek was held in Prague within the framework of the Ministerial Meeting of EU member states, in which the delegations of Georgia, Ukraine and Moldova participate as well. The Ministerial is discussing issues of deepening cooperation in the field of criminal law. At the event, Rati Bregadze will deliver a speech about Georgia's achievements and prospects in the field of electronic communication.

The Minister of Justice of Georgia offered his Czech counterpart concrete initiatives for deepening bilateral relations. The discussion touched upon the preparation of a memorandum of cooperation between the Ministries of Justice of the two countries, which will contribute to the process of convergence of Georgian legislation with EU law. For this purpose, Rati Bregadze and Pavel Blažek discussed the possibility of exchanging experts between the two countries.

At the meeting, possible directions for deepening mutual cooperation were also discussed, including e-governance and e-services; Organization of joint conferences, seminars and employee exchange programs.

First Deputy Minister of Justice, Tamar Tkeshelashvili and Ambassador of Georgia to the Czech Republic, Mariam Rakviashvili also participated in the meeting of the Ministers of Justice of the two countries.

Bilateral meetings with the Ministers of Justice of Germany and Greece are also planned.

Friday, 08 July 2022

National Archive Holds Presentation of Book - “LIBER AMICORUM - Mindia Ugrekhelidze 80”

"LIBER AMICORUM - Mindia Ugrekhelidze 80" - is the name of the book, which tells the reader about the life and work of distinguished Georgian lawyer, academician Mindia Ugrekhelidze. The presentation of the book was dedicated to the 80th anniversary of the scientist.

Documentary and archival material presented in the book, in addition to biographical details, reflect the recent history of the Georgian state and law. Together with the turning points in the history of diplomacy and the development of various branches of Georgian legal science, the book revives the path that was opened for Georgia in the European legal space after gaining independence. Mindia Ugrekhelidze was the first Georgian judge of the European Court of Human Rights and one of the founders of Georgia's legal cooperation with this leading institution of the Council of Europe. At various times, he was the Chairperson of the Supreme Court of Georgia, a member of the World Association of Lawyers, the International Association of Criminal Law and the Venice Commission, as well as an expert of the Tbilisi political school operating in the Council of Europe since 2009.

Today, Mindia Ugrekhelidze continues the development of Georgian legal science as an advisor to the Minister in the Ministry of Justice. He is the editor of the Ministry's bilingual scientific journal - Iustitia, the goal of which is to develop science-based legislation and deepen academic discussion on legal issues. The famous scientist actively participates in the law-making process in attracting scientific potential, which is one of the priorities of the Ministry of Justice. Minister of Justice, Rati Bregadze spoke about the importance of this cooperation at the presentation of the book.

"Mr. Ugrekhelidze played one of the leading roles in the construction of the modern Georgian legal state; He is the educator of several generations of Georgian lawyers and leaves an indelible mark on the development of Georgian law. The first judge of the European Court of Human Rights directly participated in the formation of European values, and we can confidently say that Mr. Mindia Ugrekhelidze is the embodiment of a person who is "Georgian and, therefore, European". We were always honored to receive advices from Mr. Mindia Ugrekhelidze. I want to congratulate you on your anniversary and wish you all the best," said the Minister of Justice.

The book was prepared for publication by Professor, Beka Kantaria of the Caucasus International University. The presentation was organized by the Ministry of Justice of Georgia and supported by the Caucasus International University. The event was attended by members of the executive, legislative and judicial authorities; representatives of scientific circles; as well as students of Mindia Ugrekhelidze.

Wednesday, 06 July 2022

Minister of Justice, Rati Bregadze Holds a Meeting with President of the European Court of Human Rights, Robert Spano at the Ministry of Justice

The Minister of Justice and the President of the European Court of Human Rights spoke about the perspective of the development of cooperation between Georgia and European structures. The meeting emphasized the special role of the Strasbourg Court in the development of human rights-oriented European democracy.

Mr. Spano supported the initiative of the Ministry of Justice, the implementation of which will give Georgian lawyers an additional practical opportunity to deepen their knowledge of the European Convention on Human Rights and the practice of the ECHR, which will be another step forward on the path to European integration. The parties have planned future projects in this direction, which will be implemented as a result of the cooperation between the Ministry of Justice and the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR).

The meeting participants emphasized the positive trend of a sharp decrease in the ongoing disputes against Georgia in the Strasbourg Court. To date, only 130 individual complaints against Georgia are considered in the European Court of Human Rights, which represents a historical minimum for Georgia. The Minister of Justice thanked the President for the contribution of the ECHR to the protection of human rights in Georgia.

On behalf of the European Court of Human Rights, Head of the Secretariat of the 5th Section of the ECHR, Victor Soloveichik and Georgian judge of the European Court, Lado Chanturia also attended the meeting.

Georgian Delegation Presents to UN Human Rights Committee a Report on the Implemented Reforms

On July 5-6, 2022, the Georgian delegation, under the leadership of Deputy Minister of Justice, Beka Dzamashvili, presented to the United Nations Human Rights Committee the 5th periodic report of Georgia on the implementation of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.

The Georgian party provided comprehensive information to the UN Human Rights Committee after hearing the previous periodical report - about the legislative and institutional reforms carried out by the state from 2014 to the present day, which are aimed at the effective provision of human rights in Georgia and the timely fulfillment of international obligations.

At the meeting of the Committee, the delegation of Georgia focused on the challenges of human rights protection in the occupied territories of Georgia. The members of the Committee were provided with detailed information on the historical decisions made by the European Court of Human Rights and the International Criminal Court in the Hague, which legally confirmed the fact of the Russian Federation's occupation of the territories of Georgia and their responsibility for the violations committed during the 2008 war.

The Georgian party also provided the members of the Committee with information on the reform of the judicial system; on the steps taken to strengthen the penitentiary system and law enforcement agencies; on anti-corruption measures; on ensuring freedom of expression and assembly; on electoral reform; on enforcement of anti-discrimination legislation; on the reforms carried out by Georgia to eliminate violence against women and ensure the protection of the rights of children and persons with disabilities.

Within the framework of the discussion, the Georgian delegation also answered the questions of the members of the UN Human Rights Committee on current issues in Georgia in terms of human rights protection. It is significant that the UN Human Rights Committee has positively assessed the mechanisms introduced by Georgia to ensure the implementation of the recommendations of the UN monitoring bodies. After the discussion, the recommendations of the Committee will be sent to the Georgian delegation in writing, and the report on their implementation will be sent in 2024.

The Georgian delegation included representatives of the following agencies of executive, legislative and judicial authorities:

The Government administration;

The Parliament;

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs;

The Ministry of Internal Affairs;

The Ministry of IDPs from Occupied Territories, of Labor, Health and Social Protection;

Office of the Minister of State in Matters of Reconciliation and Civil Equality of Georgia;

The Supreme Council of Justice;

Tbilisi City Court;

The General Prosecutor's Office;

The State Security Service;

The Special Investigation Service;

The Personal Data Protection Service;

The Central Election Commission;

The National Communications Commission.

The 5th periodic report was prepared and sent in writing in 2020 with the coordination of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia and the involvement of other state agencies.

Saturday, 02 July 2022

Minister of Justice and Head of the International Organization for Migration in Georgia Discuss New Directions of Cooperation

Minister of Justice, Rati Bregadze spoke with Head of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in Georgia, Sania Lukovac, about deepening cooperation in migration issues. The parties discussed specific activities, including conducting joint trainings and awareness raising events.

The Minister of Justice and the Head of the International Organization for Migration in Georgia also agreed on the use of resources of public service halls, community centers and mobile public service halls in the information campaign on issues related to migration.

Rati Bregadze hosted Sania Lukovach in the meeting room of the Ministry of Justice - Sukhumi.

Ministry of Justice Has Started Working on a New Imprisonment Code

The first review of the planned changes in the penitentiary legislation was held today in the Ministry of Justice in an interdepartmental format. As part of the process, the legislation in the field of penal law will be codified; Both the structure of the legislative act and its content will be revised. As a result, a completely new imprisonment code project will be developed and initiated in the Parliament of Georgia during the fall session.

At the first stage of the legislative reform, the Ministry carried out a critical analysis of the current Imprisonment Code and the Georgian Law on Special Penitentiary Service and presented its vision of changes. The Ministry offers the guests invited to the presentation - representatives of competent state bodies - as well as, in the next phase, academic circles, non-governmental organizations and international missions active participation in the relevant law-making process. Opinions and proposals will be exchanged within the specified time frame, working meetings will be held in intensive mode.

The development of law-making based on scientific conclusions and analytics and the participation of highly qualified experts in the process is one of the priority directions of the Ministry of Justice. Concrete steps have already been taken to realize this goal - the legal scientific journal Iustitia was founded, the second issue of which is already ready for publication; The largest electronic legal base HeinOnline became available to the employees of the Ministry of Justice; For greater involvement of non-governmental organizations, a grant competition was announced in the direction of strengthening the protection of human rights, introducing innovative services, promoting the rehabilitation and re-socialization of convicts and ex-prisoners, and effective crime prevention, within the framework of which, a total of 14 projects were financed; Cooperation with higher educational institutions, their professors and students has become more intensive, relevant memoranda have already been signed with a number of universities.

Representatives of the executive and legislative authorities, the deputy public defender and other invited guests participated in the discussion of the planned legislative changes.

Friday, 01 July 2022

First Shop of Handmade Items Made by Convicts, Probationers and Ex-prisoners Opens in Georgia

Re-market - a space where it is possible to buy the works made by convicts, probationers and ex-prisoners in the penitentiary institution, opened on Akaki Tsereteli avenue, Tbilisi. Visitors to the store can buy paintings; accessories made of leather, wood, and other materials, handcrafted by convicts.

Re-Market is an innovative project of the Ministry of Justice of Georgia and it was launched with the support of the US Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL). In addition to the fact that the income of convicts will increase with the products sold in the store, this process will help them spend their time in the institution productively and get employed.

A convict in a penitentiary institution who joins the project has the opportunity to continue active cooperation with the store after release and to maintain a stable income even after leaving the institution, which is an important factor for the prevention of repeated crimes.

Customers visiting the store have the opportunity to purchase high-quality leather bags, wallets, bracelets and accessories, which are hand-made by convicts. All kinds of conditions have been created for them in penitentiary institutions. For the purpose of individual employment of convicts, penitentiary institutions have arranged work spaces, the rooms are equipped with a 3D printer and an engraving machine, through which the convicts make accessories of various designs.

The next stage of the store's development is the creation of an online platform through which it will be possible to purchase items remotely. Courier and delivery services will also be launched throughout Tbilisi.

Minister of Justice, Rati Bregadze opened Re-Market today. The event was attended by members of the legislative authority; representatives of the diplomatic corps, international donors and non-governmental organizations; Deputy Ministers of Justice and invited guests.

Thursday, 30 June 2022

Strasbourg Court Rules Bachana Akhalaia

On June 30, 2022, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) published its ruling on the case - Akhalaya v. Georgia and declared the appeals inadmissible as clearly unfounded.

The applicant - Bachana Akhalaia argued before the Strasbourg court that the restraining measure - imprisonment - used against him in the framework of various criminal cases in 2012-2014 was illegal, because the total term of imprisonment exceeded the maximum term defined by law - 9 months. The applicant also claimed that his detention was not properly justified by the national courts and served the purpose of a politically motivated criminal prosecution (Article 5 of the European Convention on Human Rights (right to liberty and security) in conjunction with Article 18 of the Convention (scope of application of restrictions of rights).

According to the assessment of the ECHR, the detention of the applicant as a preventive measure was in full compliance with Georgian legislation and court practice. The Strasbourg Court found that there was no intentional delay in the investigation or any arbitrariness on the part of the investigating authority/prosecutor or the court within the framework of the ongoing criminal proceedings against the applicant.

The European Court also clarified that the decisions of the Tbilisi City Court regarding the application of the restraining order were properly justified in accordance with both Georgian legislation and European standards and were based on the proven dangers of concealment and impact on witnesses.

As for the applicant's claims of political persecution, the court clarified that since the claims regarding the legality of the detention are clearly unfounded, the applicant's position that his detention was politically motivated should also be declared inadmissible.

Strasbourg Court Rules Bachana Akhalaia

On June 30, 2022, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) published its ruling on the case - Akhalaya v. Georgia and declared the appeals inadmissible as clearly unfounded.

The applicant - Bachana Akhalaia argued before the Strasbourg court that the restraining measure - imprisonment - used against him in the framework of various criminal cases in 2012-2014 was illegal, because the total term of imprisonment exceeded the maximum term defined by law - 9 months. The applicant also claimed that his detention was not properly justified by the national courts and served the purpose of a politically motivated criminal prosecution (Article 5 of the European Convention on Human Rights (right to liberty and security) in conjunction with Article 18 of the Convention (scope of application of restrictions of rights).

According to the assessment of the ECHR, the detention of the applicant as a preventive measure was in full compliance with Georgian legislation and court practice. The Strasbourg Court found that there was no intentional delay in the investigation or any arbitrariness on the part of the investigating authority/prosecutor or the court within the framework of the ongoing criminal proceedings against the applicant.

The European Court also clarified that the decisions of the Tbilisi City Court regarding the application of the restraining order were properly justified in accordance with both Georgian legislation and European standards and were based on the proven dangers of concealment and impact on witnesses.

As for the applicant's claims of political persecution, the court clarified that since the claims regarding the legality of the detention are clearly unfounded, the applicant's position that his detention was politically motivated should also be declared inadmissible.

Wednesday, 29 June 2022

Minister of Justice, Rati Bregadze Discusses Implemented and Ongoing Public Service Reforms with UNDP Resident Representative, Nick Beresford

The Minister of Justice and the Head of UNDP in Georgia discussed the current directions of cooperation and discussed possible areas for deepening relations. Rati Bregadze informed Nick Beresford about the innovations that are being introduced to further improve the availability of services.

The Minister of Justice noted that public service halls and community centers have been opened in 5 districts over the past year - Gardabani, Tskaltubo, Sighnaghi, Kaspi and Chkhorotsku; Construction is underway in 6 more municipalities - Zestaponi, Samtredia, Terjola, Khashuri, Akhmeta and Supsa.

Particular attention was paid to the Mobile Public Service Hall project, which was launched in villages where branches of the Public Service Hall are not yet operational. The Public Service Hall minibus - Mobile Public Service Hall - provides the population with all the services that required a visit to the public service halls and community centers. This service is already available in 7 districts.

Work is already underway on a Digital Public Service Hall project that will allow citizens to access more than 450 Public Service Hall services through a mobile app.

The result of the success of the reforms is that, according to a survey conducted by UNDP and UK aid, services are easily accessible to 96% of citizens, and the service satisfaction rate is 97%.

Rati Bregadze thanked Nick Beresford for UNDP support in creating a unified public service development strategy in Georgia for the first time. The document has already been approved by the Georgian government. The goal of the strategy is to further simplify public services and increase their accessibility.

Rati Bregadze and Nick Beresford also discussed the export of Georgia's innovative projects in the field of public services.

The meeting was held at the Ministry of Justice and was attended by Deputy Ministers of Justice. Tamar Tkeshelashvili and Beka Dzamashvili.

Minister of Justice Presents Annual Report in Rustavi

The Minister of Justice continues presentation of the annual report on the work of the agency in the regions. After Tbilisi, Kutaisi and Borjomi, the event was held in Rustavi this time. Rati Bregadze spoke about the reforms carried out to strengthen the priority areas of the Ministry.

One year after the presentation of the Development Strategy of the Ministry of Justice, a number of promises have been fulfilled:

The innovative project - the Mobile Public Service Hall has been introduced and is successfully operating in 7 regions; Electronic probation service system - PROBBOX was installed in 6 big cities of Georgia; Systemic land registration reform has been launched in 59 municipalities of Georgia, land is being measured and registered according to the time plan.

Infrastructural works continue - 5 new public service halls and community centers were opened; Construction is underway in 6 more municipalities; An additional public service hall will be opened in Hualing, Tbilisi; Samtskhe-Javakheti Regional Archive building was opened in Akhaltsikhe.

The bilingual magazine Justitia was founded and published; The largest electronic legal framework HeinOnline became available to the Ministry of Justice; Memoranda of Understanding have been signed with the Ministries of Justice of Turkey, Israel, Hungary, Armenia, Azerbaijan and Switzerland.

Notary services became available in administrative units - Saguramo, Gamarjveba, Martkopi, Shuakhevi, Adigeni, Aspindza, Kachreti, Keda, Khobi, Zestaponi, Sighnaghi and Ambrolauri; Soon, citizens will be able to receive online notary services through a mobile application.

Significant reforms in the penitentiary and probation systems - employment programs for prisoners have been accelerated; Encouragement of sports activities in penitentiary institutions continue; sports squares have been repaired; Regular exercises are being held, probation bureaus are being opened in Sighnaghi, Terjola, Kutaisi and Zestaponi; the referral center opened in Kutaisi; Memoranda of Understanding have been signed with the municipalities for the employment of convicts.

The presentation of the report was attended by State Representative in Kvemo Kartli Region, Giorgi Dokhturishvili, representatives of local authorities, Deputy Ministers of Justice, employees of LEPLs subordinated to the Ministry and invited guests.

Friday, 24 June 2022

Minister of Justice Awards the Winners of the EU Law Mock Trial

The annual student competition in EU law is over. The winners of the mock trial were personally awarded by Minister of Justice, Rati Bregadze today. The Minister congratulated the young students on their success and noted that interest in the EU is growing - this year 36 teams from 11 higher education institutions participated in the competition, with a total of 119 contestants.

The aim of the competition is to popularize EU law and increase interest in the European integration process. Participants in the mock trial had the opportunity at each stage of the competition to deepen their knowledge of EU law and acquire the skills needed for their future profession. Registered teams underwent special training; The 8 best teams revealed in the writing stage continued the competition in the next, oral stage. Each round was judged by a panel of judges who revealed the winners.

The winner of the competition was the team of undergraduate students of Tbilisi Free University, which included Nikoloz Mosidze, Beka Chkonia, Luka Avazashvili. Luka Tsiklauri, a student of Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University, became the best speaker of the mock trial. The teams participating in the event were awarded special certificates, and the winning team was awarded with symbolic gifts and a textbook on EU law by the Ministry of Justice. The author of the best written position and the teams that made it to the final stage were awarded with symbolic gifts. The 2022 competition was held in close cooperation between the Ministry of Justice of Georgia and the IRZ.

Monday, 20 June 2022

First Deputy Minister of Justice of Georgia, Tamar Tkeshelashvili Presents Ongoing and Planned Projects for Strengthening Digital Governance in Georgia at an International Conference

Tamar Tkeshelashvili spoke about issues such as: provision of affordable, efficient and transparent electronic services; Ensuring interoperability of information systems using advanced information and communication technologies, etc.

"Development of digital governance is one of the priorities of the Georgian government and in this regard, Georgia holds leading positions in the region. We are pleased to share our experience in this area with partner countries. The government has recently approved a service development strategy with the Ministry of Justice as its responsible agency; Developing services is impossible without the development of digital platforms. Therefore, such conferences and events will always be fruitful for all parties,” - said the Deputy Minister of Justice, Tamar Tkeshelashvili.

The international conference - International Cooperation and Capacity Building in the Field of Digital Governance - opened in Tbilisi today. Its purpose is to exchange information on digital governance, services and innovation, to strengthen the capacity of public servants, to refine the process of providing public services.

The conference is co-sponsored by UNDP, the Ministry of Interior and Security of the Republic of Korea, the National Information Society Agency (NIA), the Astana Civil Service Hub, the World Bank, the Ministry of Justice of Georgia, and the Georgian National Civil Service Bureau. The international conference is attended by thematic representatives of six countries (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan).

Friday, 17 June 2022

Ministry of Justice and the Georgian National University Conclude Memorandum of Understanding

The Ministry of Justice of Georgia continues to cooperate with higher education institutions. The Ministry of Justice has signed a document of cooperation with the Georgian National University.

Under the memorandum, students will be able to reinforce the theoretical knowledge gained in the learning process with practical activities and spend one working day a week in the sub-departments of the Ministry of Justice. Graduates will be hosted by penitentiary institutions, LEPL National Agency for Crime Prevention, Execution of Non-custodial Sentences and Probation, LEPL Vocational Training Center for Convicts and LEPL Georgian Training Center of Justice.

The Ministry of Justice will plan and coordinate student visits to the Ministry system and will be involved in the educational process in this way, which will contribute to the professional training of university students, the strengthening of theoretical knowledge gained in the educational process through practical activities, the development of practical skills and the training of qualified staff.

The document was signed by Minister of Justice, Rati Bregadze and Rector of the Georgian National University, Gia Kavtelishvili.

The purpose of the memorandum is to develop science-based approaches and to promote the attraction of scientific potential in the legislative process, which is one of the priorities of the Ministry of Justice. The Ministry has already signed a similar memorandum with Caucasus International University.

Ministry of Justice and the Georgian National University Conclude Memorandum of Understanding

The Ministry of Justice of Georgia continues to cooperate with higher education institutions. The Ministry of Justice has signed a document of cooperation with the Georgian National University.

Under the memorandum, students will be able to reinforce the theoretical knowledge gained in the learning process with practical activities and spend one working day a week in the sub-departments of the Ministry of Justice. Graduates will be hosted by penitentiary institutions, LEPL National Agency for Crime Prevention, Execution of Non-custodial Sentences and Probation, LEPL Vocational Training Center for Convicts and LEPL Georgian Training Center of Justice.

The Ministry of Justice will plan and coordinate student visits to the Ministry system and will be involved in the educational process in this way, which will contribute to the professional training of university students, the strengthening of theoretical knowledge gained in the educational process through practical activities, the development of practical skills and the training of qualified staff.

The document was signed by Minister of Justice, Rati Bregadze and Rector of the Georgian National University, Gia Kavtelishvili.

The purpose of the memorandum is to develop science-based approaches and to promote the attraction of scientific potential in the legislative process, which is one of the priorities of the Ministry of Justice. The Ministry has already signed a similar memorandum with Caucasus International University.

Thursday, 16 June 2022

According to the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture, No Cases of Ill-treatment in Georgian Prisons Have Been Reported

On 16 June 2022, following the visit to Georgia, the Council of Europe’s Committee for the Prevention of Torture, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) published a report with additional comments from the Ministry of Justice of Georgia.

The CPT welcomes the fact that the delegation had excellent cooperation and full support during the visit, both from the Ministry of Justice and the leadership of the Penitentiary Service, as well as from the staff of the penitentiary institutions. This once again confirms the transparency of Georgia's penitentiary system.

According to the report, the delegation did not receive any information about any ill-treatment of prisoners by prison staff. On the contrary, the CPT estimates that there is a positive and peaceful relationship between staff and inmates.

The health care system of the penitentiary service also received a positive assessment from the European Committee; In particular, according to the CPT report, counseling and treatment of communicable diseases is quickly and easily accessible. Georgia's practice of managing COVID in the penitentiary system was highly praised by the Committee, as a result of which, despite the pandemic, it was possible to maintain prisoners' contact with the outside world.

As for the recommendations in the report, some of them have already been taken into account or reflected in the 10-year strategy developed by the Ministry of Justice; In particular, the CPT focused on the need to increase the number of outdoor cell activities, employment, education and sports programs. The European Committee has already been informed that during 2021 a number of educational, cultural and sporting events were held in penitentiary institutions with the participation of 2151 prisoners. Of particular note is the victory of female prisoners at the World Chess Championship. Also, after the CPT's visit, a new sports management system was approved in the penitentiary system, under which prisoners will be trained by professional instructors. Sports fields were renovated in №5, №14, №15, №16 and №17 penitentiaries; A digital university program has been launched, under which convicts and defendants will have the opportunity to study remotely at authorized universities in Georgia; More than 1000 prisoners are currently employed and this number will gradually increase.

Another recommendation of the European Committee is to reduce / prevent violence among prisoners and increase the number of staff in penitentiaries. The CPT was informed that the Special Penitentiary Service would respond promptly to any attempt at violence or intimidation between prisoners. Risks and needs are assessed on an ongoing basis, resulting in the transfer of individual prisoners to high-risk facilities. If the relevant preconditions exist, an investigation is launched and the perpetrators are brought to justice. Cases of violence among prisoners will be further reduced after the opening of new penitentiaries; In particular, a penitentiary will be opened in Laituri by the end of the year, which will be designed for up to 700 prisoners. As for increasing the number of employees, this process has begun. At the same time, the conditions of the employees are gradually improving.

The CPT also requested information on individual incidents in penitentiary institutions, which was provided by the Ministry of Justice within the set timeframe.

The European Committee particularly appreciates the readiness of the Minister of Justice to co-operate actively with both the CPT and the Public Defender. The openness of the Georgian penitentiary system is further confirmed by the publication of the CPT's report, which was carried out with the consent of the Ministry of Justice.

The reform of the penitentiary system will be actively pursued in accordance with the 10-year strategy of the Ministry of Justice, which will take into account the recommendations of the CPT. The clearest indicator of the effectiveness of the reforms already implemented is the statistics of the European Court of Human Rights, according to which the European Court of Human Rights has not received any cases sent from the Georgian penitentiary system since 2012, which confirms the high standard of protection of prisoners' rights within the country.

The CPT delegation was hosted by the Ministry of Justice of Georgia and the Special Penitentiary Service on May 17-24, 2021. During the visit, the delegation visited 4 penitentiary institutions (№2, №14, №15 and № 17).

After Tbilisi and Kutaisi, Minister of Justice Presents Annual Report in Borjomi

Rati Bregadze spoke about the reforms that have been carried out to strengthen the priority areas of the Ministry.

One year after the presentation of the Development Strategy of the Ministry of Justice, a number of promises have been fulfilled:

Innovative project - the Mobile Public Service Hall has been introduced and is successfully operating in 7 regions; Electronic probation service system - PROBBOX was installed in 6 big cities of Georgia; Systemic land registration reform has been launched in 59 municipalities of Georgia, land is being measured and registered according to the time plan.

Infrastructural works continue - 5 new public service halls and community centers were opened; Construction is underway in 6 more municipalities; An additional public service hall will be opened in Hualing, Tbilisi; Samtskhe-Javakheti Regional Archive building was opened in Akhaltsikhe.

The bilingual magazine Justitia was founded and published; The largest electronic legal framework HeinOnline became available to the Ministry of Justice; Memoranda of Understanding have been signed with the Ministries of Justice of Turkey, Israel, Hungary, Armenia, Azerbaijan and Switzerland.

Notary services became available in administrative units - Saguramo, Gamarjveba, Martkopi, Shuakhevi, Adigeni, Aspindza, Kachreti, Keda, Khobi, Zestaponi, Sighnaghi and Ambrolauri; Soon, citizens will be able to receive online notary services through a mobile application.

Significant reforms in the penitentiary and probation systems - employment programs for prisoners have been accelerated; Encouragement of sports activities in penitentiary institutions continue; sports squares have been repaired; Regular exercises are being held, probation bureaus are being opened in Sighnaghi, Terjola, Kutaisi and Zestaponi; the referral center opened in Kutaisi; Memoranda of Understanding have been signed with the municipalities for the employment of convicts.

The presentation of the report was attended by the Deputy Ministers, the State Representative in the Imereti Region, representatives of the local authorities, employees of the LEPLs under the Ministry of Justice and invited guests.

thuesday, 14 June 2022

Ministry of Justice and Caucasus International University Conclude Memorandum of Cooperation

The Ministry of Justice offers the students of the master's program of Caucasus International University the opportunity to deepen the theoretical knowledge gained in the educational process through practical activities. The document of cooperation was signed today by Minister of Justice, Rati Bregadze and Rector of Caucasus International University, Kakhaber Kordzaia.

Developing science-based approaches and promoting the attraction of scientific potential in the legislative process is one of the priorities of the Ministry of Justice. For this purpose, memoranda of cooperation will be signed with various higher education institutions authorized in Georgia.

In order to facilitate the development of practical skills and training of qualified staff within the training course of the Caucasus International University - "Legal Clinic in Penitentiary Law" - students will be able to spend 1 working day a week in the structural units and penitentiary institutions of the Ministry of Justice: LEPL Crime Prevention Agency, LEPL Vocational Training and Retraining Center for Convicts and LEPL Georgian Training Center of Justice.

The involvement of the Ministry's representatives in the educational and scientific processes of the University will enable postgraduate students to deepen their theoretical knowledge in the agencies of the justice system where they can have direct contact with their future professional activities.

In addition, the Ministry of Justice will provide successful graduates with employment opportunities in the system of the Ministry of Justice.

Monday, 13 June 2022

Electronic Portal for Scheduling Lawyer

Lawyers who are aware of the need to visit their client will be able to schedule an appointment in advance via electronic portal, ensuring that the meeting between the lawyer and his client is organized and timely.

Lawyers who need to meet with a client unexpectedly and / or for any other reason can not schedule a visit will be able to meet with the defendant / convict through the standard procedure already in place.

Today, Minister of Justice Rati Bregadze got acquainted with the operation of the electronic booking system in the №8 penitentiary institution together with Chairperson of the Bar Association, Davit Asatiani.

The online booking portal will provide lawyers with more comfort and opportunity to schedule their meeting calendar. Effective use of the portal unloads the so-called “live queue” as well.

The pre-booking electronic portal was implemented by the Bar Association in cooperation with the Ministry of Justice of Georgia and the Special Penitentiary Service with the financial support of the United States Embassy. At this stage, the portal operates in #8 penitentiary institution in pilot mode.

The address of the pre-booking electronic portal is: https://penitentiary.gba.ge ; In addition, the hotline can be reached at: 511 10 30 97.

Friday, 10 June 2022

Justice Minister awards Successful Professionals on Bailiffs and Enforcement Officers Day

Minister of Justice, Rati Bregadze underlined the achievements of the National Bureau of Enforcement over the past year and thanked the staff for their work.

Over the past year, enforcement services have become more readily available to citizens; A digital archive was introduced, which up to 350,000 cases were digitized for; A simplified case management platform has been created, where citizens can register a request / application for a service without leaving home, and follow the case electronically; Electronic communication system has been introduced with all commercial banks. Electronic document management systems are being introduced with municipal bodies; An "electronic assistant" program is being developed, which allows a number of enforcement actions to be carried out without the physical intervention of the executor; In September of this year, at the initiative of the International Union of Executives, Georgia will host an international conference of executives.

Minister of Justice Rati Bregadze, Deputy Minister, Erekle Gvinianidze and Chairperson of the National Bureau of Enforcement, Mirian Kharabadze awarded certificates of appreciation to the police officers and bailiffs for outstanding professionalism and conscientious performance in their professional activities.

Wednesday, 08 June 2022

Veteran Status Awarded to Special Forces of the Penitentiary Department of the Ministry of Justice

Members of the Special Task Force of the Penitentiary Department of the Ministry of Justice who served in the 2008 war have been awarded with veteran status. The certificates were handed over to the veterans by Deputy Minister of Justice, Tornike Cheishvili and Director of the State Service for Veterans Affairs, Koba Kobaladze.

"A very important process has ended. Participants in the 2008 war, who were employees of the Penitentiary Department of the Ministry of Justice, did not enjoy the status of a veteran because it had no relevant legal basis. The relevant grounds emerged at the end of last year and today these people have already been awarded a document certifying the status of a veteran,” - said the Deputy Minister of Justice and thanked all veterans for their service to Georgia.

Although members of the Ministry of Justice's special task force were active in the 2008 war, they did not have the status of war veterans because there was no relevant legal provision in the Law on Veterans of War and Military Forces. At the initiative of Minister of Justice, Rati Bregadze, amendments to the law were prepared in the Ministry of Justice and submitted to the Parliament. The bill was approved by the legislature at the end of last year.

thuesday, 07 June 2022

Ministry of Justice of Georgia and the Ministry of Administrative and Bureaucratic Reform of Indonesia Conclude Memorandum of Understanding

The Memorandum of Understanding was signed today by Minister of Justice of Georgia, Rati Bregadze and Minister of Administrative and Bureaucratic Reform of Indonesia, Tjahjo Kumolo.

The document envisages deepening of cooperation in the areas of access to public services and e-government. A bilateral meeting was held between the ministers of the two countries before the signing of the memorandum.

Rati Bregadze and Tjahjo Kumolo discussed current projects and initiatives in Georgia in terms of efficient delivery of public services. The Georgian side introduced innovative projects to its colleagues: Mobile Public Service Hall; PROBBOX; Digital University and others.

Within the framework of the visit, the Indonesian delegation will visit the public service halls and community centers and will get acquainted with the successful experience of Georgia in the field of service delivery.

Saturday, 04 June 2022

Minister of Justice Presents Annual Report in Kutaisi after Tbilisi

Rati Bregadze spoke about the reforms that have been carried out to strengthen the priority areas of the Ministry.

One year after the presentation of the Development Strategy of the Ministry of Justice, a number of promises have been fulfilled:

Innovative project - the Mobile Public Service Hall has been introduced and is successfully operating in 7 regions; Electronic probation service system - PROBBOX was installed in 6 big cities of Georgia; Systemic land registration reform has been launched in 59 municipalities of Georgia, land is being measured and registered according to the time plan.

Infrastructural works continue - 5 new public service halls and community centers were opened; Construction is underway in 6 more municipalities; An additional public service hall will be opened in Hualing, Tbilisi; Samtskhe-Javakheti Regional Archive building was opened in Akhaltsikhe.

The bilingual magazine Justitia was founded and published; The largest electronic legal framework HeinOnline became available to the Ministry of Justice; Memorandums of Understanding have been signed with the Ministries of Justice of Turkey, Israel, Hungary, Armenia, Azerbaijan and Switzerland.

Notary services became available in administrative units - Saguramo, Gamarjveba, Martkopi, Shuakhevi, Adigeni, Aspindza, Kachreti, Keda, Khobi, Zestaponi, Sighnaghi and Ambrolauri; Soon, citizens will be able to receive online notary services through a mobile application.

Significant reforms in the penitentiary and probation systems - employment programs for prisoners have been accelerated; Encouragement of sports activities in penitentiary institutions continue; sports squares have been repaired; Regular exercises are being held, probation bureaus are being opened in Sighnaghi, Terjola, Kutaisi and Zestaponi; the referral center opened in Kutaisi; Memoranda of Understanding have been signed with the municipalities for the employment of convicts.

The presentation of the report was attended by the Deputy Ministers, the State Representative in the Imereti Region, representatives of the local authorities, employees of the LEPLs under the Ministry of Justice and invited guests.

Friday, 03 June 2022

The Ministry of Justice of Georgia Approves 2022 Action Plan for the Protection of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

The document consists of 4 goals, 7 objectives and 22 activities. It is an action plan for the implementation of the obligations under the Law of Georgia on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and is based on the principles and standards recognized by the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

The main priorities of the plan are: further approximation of Georgian legislation with the provisions of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities; More accessible environment for people with disabilities in the agencies of the Ministry of Justice; Further adaptation of services; Protecting the rights of defendants / convicts with disabilities in penitentiary institutions according to their needs.

The Analytical Department of the Ministry of Justice has developed the document with the active involvement of the system services of the Ministry. Representatives of persons with disabilities, as well as non-governmental organizations interested in the protection of their rights participated in the discussion of the working version.

The 2022 Action Plan for the Protection of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities was approved by Order № 223 of the Minister of Justice of June 1, 2022.

Public lecture - "Protection of Georgian Sovereignty through Legal Ways" Held at Kutaisi International University

"Legal Security of the Country and Legal Struggle to Defend Georgia's Sovereignty" is a course of public lectures of the Ministry of Justice, which started on May 26 in Ambrolauri on the Independence Day at the initiative of the Minister of Justice of Georgia and will continue throughout the country. Minister of Justice, Rati Bregadze presented the course of public lectures at Kutaisi International University (KIU) today and addressed the audience.

"We started the cycle of lectures symbolically on May 26, Independence Day. We want young people, first and foremost, and all stakeholders to get information on what independence means in legal terms; What is being done to ensure that our national sovereignty is protected at full length; Also, what is the path of the state, the people employed in the Ministry of Justice and various public structures in order to ensure the security of each of us, and the whole world to know that Georgia is an independent, sovereign state and its territories are occupied. The right to say that Russia is an occupier has become possible as a result of the successful work of both the government as a whole and the Ministry of Justice right after the historic decision of the Strasbourg court. The state does not belong to any government - it is the property of the people," said Rati Bregadze.

Beka Dzamashvili spoke to the listeners about the difficult and successful fight that the Ministry of Justice was waging against Russia in the European Courts of Human Rights in Strasbourg and the Hague to protect Georgia's sovereignty and territorial integrity.

He explained the importance of the fact that the courts of Strasbourg and the Hague recognize the territorial integrity of our country in the decisions and confirm that Georgia is occupied by Russia.

Also, what legal levers does the Strasbourg court provide to Georgia for the confirmation of ethnic cleansing of Georgians in the Tskhinvali region by the Russian Federation.

The public lecture was attended by Deputy Ministers of Justice - Tamar Tkeshelashvili, Erekle Gvinianidze, Rector of Kutaisi International University, Alexandre Tevzadze, the Deputy Governors of Imereti, public officials, students, representatives of academia and others.

Thursday, 02 June 2022

Convicts and Defendants Will Have Opportunity to Study Remotely at Authorized Universities in Georgia

A digital university will be launched for convicts in penitentiary institutions. The Memorandum of Understanding for the implementation of the project was signed by Minister of Justice, Rati Bregadze and Minister of Education and Science, Mikheil Chkhenkeli in the N5 (Women's) Penitentiary Institution.

The Minister of Justice wished success to the future students and thanked Mikheil Chkhenkeli for his active involvement in the Digital University project:

"Today is another clear proof that we are fulfilling all our promises and will continue to do so in the future," said Rati Bregadze.

The Minister of Education and Science stressed the importance of the Digital University project and expressed the full support of the Ministry of Justice:

"The Ministry of Education and Science will do everything possible to ensure that people in penitentiary institutions receive a quality education," said Mikheil Chkhenkeli.

Rati Bregadze showed Mikheil Chkhenkeli the library, gym, football field and beauty salon of N5 penitentiary institution.

The Digital University is another promise made by the Ministry of Justice and part of the agency's 10-year development strategy. The project will enable persons in penitentiary institutions to receive electronic education at authorized universities in Georgia at both the bachelor's and master's levels.

The introduction of e-learning method in penitentiary institutions and access to higher education is an important step towards the realization of the right to education of convicts and their re-socialization and rehabilitation.

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