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Giorgi Margvelashvili - I have gathered you here today, to jointly establish the candidacy for the Chairman of the Supreme Court, who will be distinguished with high qualification, morality, ethics, and possibilities in order to implement the reforms in this difficult system

President of Georgia Giorgi Margvelashvili called on NGO sector and professional circles to be actively involved in the selection process of the candidate for the chairman of the Supreme Court and stated that he would submit a candidate to the Parliament of Georgia nominated by the NGOs.
Giorgi Margvelashvili summarized the consultations over candidates for the Supreme Court Chairperson at an extensive meeting along with NGOs, international organizations and the Public Defender at the presidential palace today.
"A candidate chosen by you will have a high, public legitimacy, in parallel with the high political legitimacy that will be provided pursuant to my submission and parliamentary voting," said Giorgi Margvelashvili.
According to the president, the Georgian judiciary has been an object of the recommendations, suggestions and improvements not only one by the Georgian society, our partners and friends as well. These obstacles and problems were particularly exposed when the chairman of the Supreme Court, who had to be served for many years for functioning, reforming, recovery and development of this system, resigned.
"It goes without saying, that the resignation does not represent a problem and difficulty, but the background, as it happened, was  preceded by the statement of the Chairman of the Supreme Court that she was a victim of a pressure, naturally we are not able to be indifferent to this fact.
I am saying this today, because we are in a special position to unite our efforts in terms of development and reform of the court and definitely the chair of the court is the most important figure in this regard. Part of this background is also constitutional amendments that will soon enter into force and pursuant to these amendments the president will no longer be able to nominate the candidacy for the chairperson to Parliament. This function will be transferred to the Council of Justice. Taking into account the whole situation, I have gathered you as representatives of the organizations working on justice, in order to jointly establish a candidate who will be nominated and submitted to the Parliament of Georgia and in this regard prior consultations were held.
I would like to aim our joint effort to develop a view on one candidate who will be distinguished with high qualification, morality, ethics, and possibilities in order to implement the reform in this difficult system.
It is also an important part of this process that I would like to fully exclude one of the most problematic issues of Georgian court, this is the political or clan association.
In this regard, I would like a candidate to be elected in accordance with full involvement and openness and I will submit the selected candidate to the Parliament of Georgia and in case of such a person, she/he will have a high level of public legitimacy in the parallel with the high political legitimacy that will be provided pursuant to my submission and parliamentary voting. I hope that we will be able to develop the methods, procedures, that will provide one of the most important specifics of this process for the Georgian society to select a reformer candidate for one of the most troubled field”, noted Giorgi  Margvelashvili.
The consultations initiated by President Giorgi Margvelashvili for selection of the candidate for the chairman of the Supreme Court have been held for several weeks and seven meetings were held within the frames of these consultations. Representatives of civil sector, international organizations, professional- academic and scientific circles and opposition parties took part in it.
The meeting was attended by Giorgi Abashishvili, Head of President Margvelashvili’s Administration, Security Council Secretary  Davit Rakviashvili, Parliamentary Secretary Ana Natsvlishvili, Political Secretary Pikria Chikhradze, President of Georgia’s advisor in Human Rights Kakha Kozhoridze.
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