President of Georgia Salome Zourabichvili has signed amendments to the Organic Law on Common Courts.
At the same time, the President warns the Parliament "about the risks contained in the new edition of the law."
"As for the Organic Law on Common Courts, the amendments of which I signed today, it must be said that these legislative changes also raise some questions. However, I do not consider the grounds for submitting legally motivated remarks regarding these changes to be insufficient. Nevertheless, in this case too, the question arises as to whether it is possible to increase the degree of independence of judges through these changes. For example, the re-election/appointment of members of the High Council of Justice for the second time in a row raises the question of whether this opportunity will increase the degree of independence of the members of the Council or assist the process of staff renewal. Similar questions arise with respect to other changes. However, the President is not be able to make a decision based on doubts. Instead, I want to warn the legislature about the dangers of the new edition of the law and remind them that the independence and impartiality of judges is a cornerstone of our democracy. I also want to assure everyone that I will be very attentive towards the enforcement of the law," said the President.