The High Council of Justice presented to parliament a list of candidates for Supreme Court judges earlier this week, which has caused opposition to outraged.

TBILISI, June 29 – Sputnik. The hearing of the legal committee of the Georgian parliament, at which it was planned to create a group to assess the competence of candidates for a judge of the Supreme Court, ended in a major scandal – the opposition announced a boycott of the meeting.

The topic of the appointment of judges of the Supreme Court has recently been one of the most discussed in political circles. The opposition and representatives of international organizations call on the authorities to postpone it until the implementation of judicial reform, while the ruling party ignores these calls.

Now, when the Georgian parliament at the legal committee is going to form a group of deputies, which must check the competence and data on candidates, the opposition has made a demarche.

Representatives of all opposition parties got up and left the conference room.

“We are not going to participate in this farce and demand to create a group to implement reforms, as it is written in the agreement with the authorities, but for now stop the process of appointing judges. Today the authorities are left alone again,” said Anna Natsvlishvili, a deputy from the Lelo for Georgia party. …

Let them now decide for themselves to create their own group of three or three and a half people, she added.

Meanwhile, the ruling party itself reacted calmly to the opposition protest.

“In order not to create traffic jams, you can use both exits, colleagues,” chairman of the committee Anri Okhanashvili conducted the opposition.

After the meeting of the committee, he announced that the group had already been created and its first meeting would be held on July 2.

The High Council of Justice presented to parliament a list of candidates for Supreme Court judges earlier this week, sparking opposition outraged.

She saw in the actions of the council a violation of the agreement on overcoming the political crisis prepared by the European mediators headed by the President of the European Council Charles Michel. After the agreement was signed, the opposition ended the boycott and entered parliament.

In response to criticism of the opposition, representatives of the judiciary said that a targeted campaign of discrediting was launched against them and the entire justice system, including by Western partners.

In their appeal, more than 300 judges declare that they are loyal to the law, are patriots of Georgia and guard the interests of the state, and the judicial statistics of recent years and international ratings testify to fundamental progress in the field of justice.

Judicial reform and an independent justice system is one of the most pressing issues, on which there is fierce controversy in political circles. The opposition claims that clans rule the courts in Georgia; the ruling party categorically denies this version, claiming that the judicial system in Georgia is completely independent.

Meanwhile, the judicial system in Georgia is one of the most criticized areas both by international organizations and partners. They have repeatedly called on the authorities to carry out fundamental reforms in the justice system, and until then refrain from appointing Supreme Court justices.

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