The matter of assessing the integrity of judges cannot be dismissed, as it reflects the desire of the Georgian people to enhance the judiciary and pursue integration into the European Union


We are addressing the statements made by the Prime Minister and the Speaker of Parliament, who have asserted that the matter of ensuring the integrity of judges through a vetting mechanism is closed. However, the issue of improving the judiciary cannot simply be considered closed. This is due to the fact that the European Commission has designated it as a critical precondition for commencing accession negotiations with Georgia, and EU membership stands as a paramount goal for the Georgian people. The European Commission considers it important to assess the integrity of select group of judges particularly members of the High Council of Justice, Supreme Court judges, court chairpersons, and candidates seeking these roles. 
Currently, there are valid concerns regarding the integrity of individuals holding senior positions within the judiciary, along with questions regarding the ownership of assets inconsistent with their salaries. It is also notable that certain influential judges have faced sanctions from the United States, a strategic partner of Georgia.
We strongly believe that it is in the best interest of both the government and the judiciary to address any concerns raised by Georgian society regarding the integrity of judges and internal matters within the judiciary. If there are no integrity issues among judges, it is puzzling why both political and judicial authorities oppose such a process. 
The objective behind establishing a mechanism to assess the integrity of judges appointed to senior positions and judicial candidates is to foster an impartial judiciary and facilitate integration into the European Union. By prematurely closing this matter contrary to the aspirations of the Georgian people, the government risks undermining the progress towards European integration.
Evaluating the integrity of senior court officials will continue to be pertinent to society until the objectives of establishing an independent judiciary and securing Georgia’s accession to the European Union are accomplished.

We, the undersigned civil society organizations, reiterate our call for the government to acknowledge the challenges within the judiciary and promptly take action to fulfill the conditions outlined in the by the European Commission.

  1. Court Watch
  2. Transparency International Georgia
  3. Democracy Defenders
  4. Civil Society Foundation
  5. Association of Civil Society Development of Georgia (ACSDG)
  6. Civic Idea
  7. Eco Centre
  8. Civic Engagement and Activism Center (CEAC)
  9. Prevention For Progress (PFP)
  10. The Aged Women’s Association “Deserving Old Age”
  11. Alliance of Women with Disability
  12. Georgian Democracy Initiative (GDI)
  13. Media ombudsman
  14. Woman and Development
  15. Partnership for Human Rights
  16. Ilia’s Legal House
  17. Saorsa
  18. Phoenix 2009
  19. Human Rights Center
  20. Europe-Georgia Institute (EGI)
  21. Georgia’s Reforms Associates (GRASS)
  22. Rule of Law Centre
  23. Black Sea Eco Academy
  24. Parents’ Union “Our Children”
  25. The Reforms and Research Group
  26. Informal Education Youth Center “Sunny House”
  27. Public Art Platform
  28. Multinational Georgia
  29. Sapari
  30. Democracy Index Sakartvelo
  31. Association for Integration and Development of Persons with Disabilities — Hangi
  32. Georgian Association of Children Mental Health
  33. Teachers’ Union “Education and the Universe”
  34. Caucasus Environmental NGO Network (CENN)
  35. Group of Independent Lawyers
  36. Democracy Research Institute
  37. Saunje
  38. Civic Activism and Equality Center
  39. Research Institute Gnomon Wise
  40. Lanchkhuti Youth Movement
  41. Kakhati Community Education and Empowerment Center
  42. Caucasus Open Space (COS)
  43. Neogeni
  44. Law and Public Policy Center
  45. LAG Upper Svaneti
  46. Rights Georgia
  47. Green Alternative
  48. Association Dea
  49. Feminist Initiatives Foundation
  50. Mediaorganization Kutaisipost
  51. Euroclub of Kvareli