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Members of the Supreme Judicial Council with Bettina Limperg, President of the German Federal Court of Justice (1st row, centre)
Expert discussions at the Federal Court of Justice in Karlsruhe
Expert discussions at the Hanseatic higher regional court of Bremen with Karen Buse, President of the Hanseatic higher regional court of Bremen and Jens Gnisa, President of the German Association of Judges (at the front of the table)
From 23 to 25 November 2016, a delegation from the Supreme Judicial Council of Georgia visited Bremen and Karlsruhe in Germany. The delegation was welcomed to Karlsruhe by the President of the German Federal Court of Justice, Bettina Limperg. Discussions with the President and with two judges at the German Federal Court of Justice focussed on the introduction of the electronic justice system in Germany and Georgia and on justice and the media.
Afterwards, the delegation travelled to Bremen, where they met the President of the Hanseatic higher regional court, Karen Buse. The key priorities of this working session were the new regulations governing the retrial process in the Georgian code of criminal procedure and the electronic allocation of responsibilities. There was an intense and practice-oriented exchange of experiences between the German judges and the representatives of the Supreme Judicial Council of Georgia.
The Georgian guests also had the opportunity to meet the President of the German Association of Judges, Jens Gnisa, and to discuss the self-administration of judges and the independence of the judiciary.
As a self-governing judicial body, the Supreme Judicial Council deals with legal and political issues in connection with the further development of the law, the uniformity of case law and positioning within the judicial framework. In this respect, issues concerning the selection, recruitment and promotion of judges, as well as the practice of assessing them, were of particular interest.
Both the Georgian and the German parties emphasised the importance of this kind of exchange between specialists.
Dr. Kornelius Kleinlein (left), lawyer and notary, Rechtsanwaltskanzlei Raue LLP Berlin (1st from left); lawyer Davit Lanchava (2nd from left), Georgian Bar Association, member of the Commercial Law Committee; Khatuna Fureliani (right), President of the Georgian Lawyers for Independent Profession
Lawyer Davit Lanchava (left), Georgian Bar Association, member of the Commercial Law Committee; Khatuna Fureliani, President of the Georgian Lawyers for Independent Profession (3rd from left)
Dr. Sulkhan Gamkrelidze, IRZ representative in Tbilisi; Amalia Wuckert, IRZ; Dr. Kornelius Kleinlein (right), lawyer and notary, Rechtsanwaltskanzlei Raue LLP, Berlin; Ketevan Buadze, Managing Director of the Georgian Lawyers for Independent Profession (2nd from right)
Rechtsanwalt Davit Lanchava, Georgische Rechtsanwaltskammer, Mitglied des Komitees für Handelsrecht (Bildmitte)
From 27 to 29 October 2016, a conference was held in Tbilisi for Georgian lawyers on practical issues concerning Georgian civil proceedings. The event was organised as part of the cooperation between the IRZ and the Georgian Lawyers for Independent Profession association.
Dr. Kornelius Kleinlein, a lawyer and notary at the Kanzlei Raue LLP in Berlin, represented the IRZ at the conference as a German expert and speaker. The Georgian Lawyers for Independent Profession was represented by its President, Khatuna Fureliani, and its Managing Director, Ketevan Buadze, as well as by other board members. On the Georgian side, speakers included members of the lawyers’ association, as well as representatives of the Georgian Bar Association, the national law enforcement agency, an insurance company, the Georgian Chamber of Notaries, the agency for personal data protection and several lecturers from the University of Tbilisi.
The topics of the conference in detail were:
Procedural principles in German and Georgian civil proceedings,
Special types of proceedings,
Application of piercing the corporate veil in German law,
Tax debts and the liability of the debtor and company management and
The role and position of data protection agencies and labour-related legal issues in Georgia.
In addition, light was shed on topics concerning German telecommunications legislation and the application of the ECHR in Georgia (art. 6 of the ECHR in Georgian civil proceedings, art. 1, protocol 1 of the ECHR and art. 8 of the ECHR).
The conference provided a platform for interdisciplinary exchange. After all, as well as representatives of the legal profession, participants also included members of the State University of Tbilisi and of the judiciary. Due to the great similarity between the Georgian code of civil procedure and the German ZPO (code of civil procedure), the talks given by the German speaker were of great interest to the audience. The lecture led to numerous questions and discussions around the topic. The Georgian participants repeatedly underlined the relevance and practical benefits of such conferences and expressed their wish for the discussions to be continued.
Court Presidents Karen Buse (left) and Nino Gvenetadze
Ellen Best, Vice-President of the local court of Bremen (left)
The delegation visits the municipal court of Tbilisi: Giorgi Mikautadze, President of the municipal court (4th from right)
On 13 and 14 June 2016, the first contact was made between the Supreme Court of Georgia and the Hanseatic higher regional court of Bremen. The two parties met for expert discussions between the presidents of the two courts and other judges from Georgia and Germany to discuss matters of criminal law.
The President of the Supreme Court of Georgia, Prof. Nino Gvenetadze, welcomed the President of the Hanseatic higher regional court, Karen Buse, who was accompanied by Dr. Stephan Haberland, a judge at the higher regional court of Bremen, and Ellen Best, Vice-President of the local court of Bremen. The focus of the two-day talks was on the further development of the law through the jurisdiction of the supreme court and the implementation of the youth penal code, which came into force in Georgia at the beginning of 2016. This law involved a number of key changes to the penal code for young people and adolescents and, from now on, other material criminal stipulations also apply to this group of people. The Supreme Court of Georgia, which is the highest ordinary court in the country, is already handling some cases that are subject to the new law. The exchange of experiences with the German delegation was very valuable in this context. The further development of the law through case law was also the subject of lively discussion, since this has not yet been fully established in Georgia in the field of criminal law and is above all perceived with great scepticism by the general public.
Some of the talks were held in the municipal court of Tbilisi, where the President welcomed the delegation and informed them of the current state of progress on another topic, which is currently of great importance to the Georgian justice system: the electronic allocation of responsibilities at courts. The municipal court of Tbilisi is already working with a pilot system and by the end of 2016, the allocation of responsibilities should take place electronically all over Georgia. Since the higher regional court of Bremen was one of the first regional court districts to introduce the electronic allocation of responsibilities, the delegation was able to draw on first-hand experience to address this kind of reform and the many practical questions that accompany it.
The expert discussions were considered by both sides to be very enriching and cooperative and are likely to be continued in Germany before the end of this year.