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.