Majority, minority discuss Venice Commission`s draft resolution
The draft resolution of the Venice Commission precisely corresponds to the considerations the Georgian government had offered the commission in terms of reforming the judicial system and the high council of judiciary in the country, representatives of the majority said today.
They said the legislation enforced by recommendations of the Venice Commission would bring Georgia a chance to get independent court.
The Venice Commission, after several months of working on changes of the draft law prepared by the Georgian Justice Ministry on reforming the high council of judiciary presented its conclusion.
The justice minister said there are differences between the commission and the Georgian government only over two issues, and the government intends to continue defending its positions.
"The Venice Commission said it agrees that the president should not have two members in the high council of judiciary. The Venice Commission has positively assessed the consideration that parliament members should not be members of the council of judiciary and if the eight judge members want to maintain their positions in the high council of judiciary they should resign the positions of a court chair. Serious remarks refer only to the point of carrying out video recordings by media at trial and we are going to discuss the remarks with representatives of media", Ms. Thea Tsulukiani said.
"The draft resolution of the Venice Commission emphasizes the dangers, which we said, referred to the draft law. As you know, the government had intended to change the high council of judiciary and appoint persons who are under influence of the government. And the commission adequately responded to that saying that the results of the parliamentary elections can not affect the work and the independence of the high council of judiciary", Levan Bezhashvili, the member of parliamentary minority said.