Chinchaladze's appointment confirms that the "clan" power in the judiciary will be maintained and further strengthened, said Nika Simonishvili, chairman of the Georgian Young Lawyers' Association (GYLA).
As he noted when presenting the monitoring results of the High Council of Justice, making such a decision without changing the legislation further harms Georgia's EU integration process and it is clear that the Government does not want to carry out reforms.
"The post of Chairman of the court is a key position that the "clan" does not give up and it is one of the important guarantees for the strengthening of their power. The EU recommendations do not refer to individual judges or positions, they refer to fundamental reforms, including the decision-making process in the Council, its staffing and so on. Making such a decision without changing the legislation further harms Georgia's EU integration process.
It is clear that the Government does not want to carry out reforms. Making such decisions in court and taking such steps without reforms are clearly beneficial for the clan and the Government," Nika Simonishvili said.
For information, the High Council of Justice has re-elected Mikheil Chinchaladze as the Chairman of the Tbilisi Court of Appeals for a term of 5 years.