Study visit to Germany by a delegation from the Georgian court management system

Expert discussions at the Ministry of Justice for the North Rhine-Westphalia region of Germany in Düsseldorf.
Expert discussions at the Ministry of Justice for the North Rhine-Westphalia region of Germany in Düsseldorf

On 16 and 17 April 2018, the IRZ organised a working visit to Germany by a delegation from the Georgian court management system. The delegation included the Head of the administrative unit for general jurisdiction in Georgia, Shota Karchava, and his deputy, Giorgi Kakauridze. The visit began with expert discussions at the Regional Court of Düsseldorf. The Court’s President, Dr. Bernd Scheiff, welcomed the Georgian guests and informed them about subjects including the planning of new court buildings, court management, accessibility, safety and many other practical concerns.

The delegation also paid a visit to the Ministry of Justice for the North Rhine-Westphalia region in Düsseldorf. Here, members of the delegation discussed safety standards in the justice system and concepts for the establishment of a new courthouse with judges Dr. Michael Scholz, Dr. Ludger Traut and Dr. Phil Schabestiel.

Finally, the Georgian guests visited the Local and Regional Court of Essen, where they were welcomed by the President of the Regional Court of Essen, Gudrun Jockels. Here, the judges at the Regional Court of Essen were available for intense discussions on court management in Germany. This was followed by a guided tour of the building of the local and the regional court.

The expert talks were considered by the Georgian guests to be very enriching and harmonious.

Training course on "Prisoners with special needs" for members of the Georgian prison system

The Georgian participants with Thomas Müller (centre), Prison Director of the Karsruhe penal institution
The Georgian participants with Thomas Müller (centre), Prison Director of the Karsruhe penal institution

From 22 to 24 February 2018, a training course was held for aspiring trainers at the Georgian Penitentiary and Probation Training Centre (PPTC) in Rustavi, Georgia. The course dealt with the requirements for handling and caring for prisoners with special needs.

Employees working in various functions at penal institutions throughout the whole of Georgia took part in the training course, including:

  • social workers,
  • psychologists and
  • supervisory staff.

In future, they should be able to hold further training courses for prison officers on these topics and therefore act as disseminators. The event was opened by the Director of the PPTC, Avtandil Mikanadze.

The Prison Director of the Karsruhe penal institution, Thomas Müller, attended the event as an IRZ expert and speaker. The speaker started by looking at enforcing long terms of imprisonment (planning, organisation, preparation for release, psychiatric problems amongst prisoners). Based on recommendations from the United Nations, he then talked about the process of dealing with prisoners with special needs:

  • women,
  • youths,
  • senior citizens,
  • prisoners with disabilities,
  • members of ethnic minorities and
  • foreign prisoners.

The participants in this event were highly committed and motivated. During the group work, they started by identifying and discussing the problems involved in working with prisoners with special needs. Following on from this, they drew up some potential topics and objectives for training prison staff.

Round Table with the Georgian Lawyers’ Association on Property and Investment Protection in Tiblisi

Lawyer Ruth Marie Mosch; Dr. Hein Bölling, former Presiding Judge at the Hanseatic Higher Regional Court of Bremen; Irma Kavtaradze, Deputy Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia, David Lanchava, Georgian Lawyers’ Association and Chairman of the Commercial Law Commitee at the Georgian Bar Association; Giorgi Khatidze, Member of Parliament and Member of the Parliamentary Legal Committee of Georgia (from left to right).
Lawyer Ruth Marie Mosch; Dr. Hein Bölling, former Presiding Judge at the Hanseatic Higher Regional Court of Bremen; Irma Kavtaradze, Deputy Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia, David Lanchava, Georgian Lawyers’ Association and Chairman of the Commercial Law Commitee at the Georgian Bar Association; Giorgi Khatidze, Member of Parliament and Member of the Parliamentary Legal Committee of Georgia (from left to right).

On 27 and 28 November 2017 the IRZ and the Georgian Lawyers’ Association (GLIP) organised a Round Table in Tibilisi on civil procedural issues regarding disputes in commercial and corporate law.

Dr. Hein Bölling, former Presiding Judge at the Hanseatic Higher Regional Court of Bremen, and Ruth Marie Mosch, lawyer, LL.M., both from Germany, participated in the event on behalf of the IRZ. They reported from their respective professional perspectives.

Ruth Marie Mosch is a lawyer specialized in arbitration and a member of the German Institution of Arbitration, for which she served as a Board Member for several years. Accordingly, the topic of her lecture was arbitration.

Dr. Hein Bölling spoke above all about the procedures in commercial law disputes in Germany and how these can be expedited.

The Georgian speakers presented the Georgian Investment Protection Act and reported about practical procedural problems and barriers in commercial law procedures. In addition, experience with arbitration in Georgia as well as the attractiveness of Georgia as an investment location for foreign investors were discussed.

Many of the participants were lawyers, amongst others members of the board of the Georgian Bar Association. But also judges from various courts, amongst others the Appeal Court of Georgia, and representatives from various universities in Tibilisi participated in the Round Table.

With their attendance, the Georgian Deputy Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development, Irma Kavtardze, and Giorgi Khatidze, Member of Parliament and Member of the Parliamentary Legal Committee, also demonstrated the great interest in the topic.

All the participants were very interested and highly motivated. The exchange between the different professional groups was rated very positively since various perspectives could be heard and problems could be viewed from different angles.