The Speaker of the Parliament announced a competition to elect five non-judge members to the Supreme Council of Justice. The competition starts from September 30 and it is possible to submit candidates until October 20.
The positions of five non-judge members out of 15 members of the Council of Justice have been vacant for more than a year. Parliament should elect non-judge members with a 90-vote quorum.
In accordance with the Organic Law On Common Courts and the Parliament's Regulations, the Parliament may elect as a member of the Supreme Council of Justice of Georgia a citizen of Georgia who has a higher legal education with a master's degree or an equivalent academic degree/diploma of higher education, at least 5 years of professional work experience, a high reputation and who is a recognized specialist in the field of law.
It is not possible to nominate a member of Parliament, a judge and a prosecutor as a candidate for the membership of the Supreme Council of Justice.
Candidates for membership of the Supreme Council of Justice are selected from: professors and researchers working in higher educational institutions of Georgia; from the members of the Georgian Bar Association; from persons submitted by non-entrepreneurial (non-commercial) legal entities of Georgia.
The higher educational institutions of Georgia, the Georgian Bar Association and the non-entrepreneurial (non-commercial) legal entities of Georgia have the right to nominate candidates for membership of the Supreme Council of Justice.