Wednesday, 03 April, 2024

Justice Auditorium Welcomes Head of the Special Penitentiary Service, Nika Tshvarashvili

In a public lecture held at the International University of the Caucasus, students delved into the ongoing reforms within the penitentiary system and the evolution of resocialization and rehabilitation programs. Nika Tshvarashvili illuminated the audience with insights into the innovative strides facilitated by the new Penal Code, significantly enhancing the rights and working conditions for both inmates and staff within the penitentiary framework.

Central to the discourse was the comprehensive access convicts now have to resocialization and rehabilitation programs throughout their sentences. This encompassed active participation in sports initiatives and educational opportunities provided by the Digital University, alongside employment programs aimed at fostering additional income streams.

Furthermore, the Special Penitentiary Service showcased its commitment with a repertoire of 12 specialized programs tailored for the resocialization and rehabilitation of minors. Emphasizing healthcare, the introduction of an online clinic ensures that any incarcerated individual can access medical services provided by civilian clinic professionals.

The event was also attended by Dean of the Law Faculty of Caucasus International University, Giorgi Khatidze.

The project was launched at Caucasus International University on March 14 of this year.

The Justice Auditorium serves as a vital platform, fostering dialogue and knowledge exchange among students and professionals keen on understanding the Ministry's mission and achievements. Through this initiative, the project aims to elevate awareness, inspire student initiatives, and cultivate interest in public service, including opportunities for recruitment within the Ministry of Justice.

The collaboration with civil society, academia, and aspiring legal professionals aligns seamlessly with the Ministry's goal of fostering broader community engagement and involvement in its endeavors.

Monday, 01 April, 2024

Introducing YOUTHTITIA Club: An Innovative Platform for Youth, Founded in the Ministry of Justice

YOUTHTITIA, a groundbreaking initiative founded within the Ministry of Justice, aims to empower students of law faculties by providing them with a unique opportunity to cultivate professional skills, deepen their knowledge in the field, engage in public administration processes, and contribute to the planning and execution of reforms within the Ministry.

In its inaugural phase, YOUTHTITIA will select 30 undergraduate and master's students from accredited universities based on specific criteria. These selected students will actively participate in Ministry of Justice activities, gaining hands-on experience in their field.

Today, Minister of Justice Rati Bregadze unveiled the club - YOUTHTITIA, underscoring its significance in fostering legal awareness and facilitating direct engagement with the legal profession for aspiring lawyers. Bregadze extended his best wishes to the future participants, expressing confidence that this platform will serve as a springboard for their professional journey.

The Minister of Education, Science, and Youth, Giorgi Amilakhvari, echoed the sentiment, emphasizing the platform's role in nurturing the professional development of young individuals. He extended his encouragement to both future Ministry members and club participants.

The event was also attended by Deputy Ministers of Justice, members of the Scientific Advisory Council of the Ministry of Justice, rectors of authorized universities of Tbilisi and regions, deans of the Faculty of Law and students.

Symbolizing their commitment, they ceremonially pledged their support to YOUTHTITIA by signing their names.

For detailed information regarding student selection and updates about the club, visit YOUTHTITIA's official Facebook page.

Thursday, 28 March, 2024

Ministry of Justice Launches Innovative Probationer Orientation Program

The Probationer Orientation Course, a ground-breaking initiative by the National Agency for Crime Prevention, Enforcement, and Probation, aims to curb recidivism among low-risk probationers while empowering probation officers in this vital process.

This program marks a pivotal shift by amplifying the role of probation officers in crime prevention efforts. It offers low-risk probationers the opportunity to undertake an orientation course. Upon completion, they can lead similar courses alongside probation officers, ensuring a continuous cycle of learning and mentorship. Furthermore, successful completion of the program will be a positive factor considered in decisions regarding the cancellation of conditional sentences and regime easing.

The curriculum encompasses various thematic areas, including psychosocial skills development, literacy and employment promotion, legal education, and the unique challenges faced by women within the justice system.

Participants will gain invaluable insights into:

  • Employment rights and social support systems;
  • Emotional regulation techniques;
  • Effective communication and conflict resolution strategies;
  • Combatting prejudice and stigma;
  • Promoting physical and mental well-being and recognizing unhealthy behaviors;

Additionally, the program exposes participants to diverse career pathways.

Probation officers nationwide have been carefully chosen to pilot this course.

The launch of the probationer orientation course was officiated by Minister of Justice, Rati Bregadze, with remarks from Lado Kheladze, Head of the National Agency for Crime Prevention, Enforcement of Non-custodial Sentences, and Probation.

Deputy Minister of Justice, Buba Lomuashvili, commended the probation officers who completed the training, wishing them success in their future endeavors. These officers will be at the forefront in piloting the course in Georgia and facilitating its expansion.

The orientation program for probationers is conducted by agency specialists, with expert input and support from the US Bureau of International Anti-Narcotics and Law Enforcement Cooperation (INL), in collaboration with the Training Center of Justice.

The event saw the participation of Deputy Ministers of Justice, representatives from NGOs, Prime Minister's Advisor on Human Rights Protection, Niko Tatulashvili, Deputy Chief Prosecutor, Natia Merebashvili, and Deputy Minister of Education, Science, and Youth of Georgia, Tamar Makharashvili.

Wednesday, 27 March, 2024

Showcasing the Winning Project: Digital Academy of Law Technologies from the Ministry of Justice Grant Competition

The Digital Academy of Law Technologies project stands as a beacon of innovation in the legal landscape of Georgia, aiming to equip legal professionals with the essential skills in legal technology. By empowering lawyers with technical prowess, the project endeavors to integrate modern innovative tools into their daily practices, thereby elevating the standards of legal service delivery.

Throughout the theoretical segment of the program, participants will delve into the realm of legal service provision via algorithm-based computer systems, unraveling the intricacies and potentials of this evolving field. Practical workshops will equip attendees with the ability to craft digital solutions, including automated legal consultation bots, contract and lawsuit generation systems, leveraging the Legaltech program Logos and the rulemapping methodology.

Addressing the project's significance, Deputy Minister of Justice of Georgia, Tornike Cheishvili, emphasized its timely relevance, highlighting the transformative impact it promises for the legal profession. The event participants, including Professor Giorgi Khubua from Tbilisi State University, Professor Zviad Gabisonia from the University of Business and Technology, and Project Manager, Natia Sirdadze, provided comprehensive insights into the curriculum and training methodologies.

Associate Professor Lado Sirdadze, representing the University of Business and Technology, offered a detailed overview of the practical modules slated for implementation within the project, emphasizing hands-on learning experiences.

In a testament to international collaboration, the project enjoys partnerships with institutions such as the Oxford University Fintech and LegalTech Society and the German LegalTech company, KnowledgeTools International. Distinguished experts including Professor Stephan Breidenbach, Dr. Tilo Wend, Hatim Hussain, and Daniel Foa will lead lectures alongside Georgian counterparts.

The Ministry of Justice's annual grant competition serves as a catalyst for innovation, aiming to foster the adoption of pioneering services, fortify human rights protection, and enhance legal security. This year, the Ministry awarded funding to 17 deserving projects.

Friday, 22 March, 2024
Wednesday, 20 March, 2024
Thursday, 14 March, 2024

Justice Auditorium Opens at Caucasus International University

The Auditorium will provide an opportunity for students, employees and other interested persons of the higher education institution to get complete information about the activities of the Ministry of Justice system, its tasks, goals and achievements. Designed to provide comprehensive insights into the ministry's missions, objectives, and milestones, the auditorium serves as a hub for enlightenment and engagement.

Central to the initiative is the cultivation of a fertile ground for student initiatives, advocating for public service and nurturing talent destined for the corridors of the Ministry of Justice.

The opening of the Justice Auditorium, led by Rati Bregadze alongside Minister's advisor Mindia Ugrekhelidze, Caucasus International University Rector Kakhaber Kordzaia, and Dean of the Faculty of Law Giorgi Khatidze, marks a collaborative effort between the Ministry of Justice and academia. Addressing the gathering, representatives from both spheres underscored the opportunities afforded by the auditorium, fielding inquiries from eager students.

Integral to the Ministry's ethos is the active involvement of civil society, academia, and legal professionals. To this end, a series of initiatives are underway:

Iustitia Magazine - A bilingual, internationally recognized publication serving as a platform for legal scholarship and academic discourse. Since 2023, the magazine has been also presented on a digital platform.

The Scientific-Advisory Council under the Ministry of Justice - Facilitating engagement between academia and policymaking, this platform ensures scholarly input in shaping systemic reforms and policy frameworks.

Grant Competitions - An annual endeavor to bolster collaboration between civil society, universities, and professional circles, with this year's cycle funding 17 projects aimed at enriching the Ministry's endeavors.


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