The Ambassador was asked about the statement made by the member of the High Council of Justice of Georgia, Levan Murusidze, who criticized the visits of Georgian judges to the United States of America.
“In recent years, I have had the honor to meet with many judges, in particular, with judges of courts of all instances, including those in the regions. From all of them I heard about participation in exchange programs, study tours, trainings in the USA. We bring American judges to Georgia so they can share best practices with the judges. From what I heard from them, they are all interested in having more such opportunities, study visits, training, because it is very valuable when judges get together and share their experience and opinions with each other,” the Ambassador noted.
According to him, the United States is helping Georgian judges to strengthen their work in courtrooms.
“We have the impression that these trainings and exchanges of experience are very well received, they contribute to efforts to modernize the Georgian judiciary, and this is what the United States has been doing for many years. Georgia has made significant progress in terms of the efficiency and operation of the judicial system, and what needs to be done now is to continue this work. This is also clear from the 12 priorities proposed by the EU. This is the same work that has been on Georgia’s agenda for some time now. The United States is proud to be able to assist Georgian judges in their efforts to improve their work and efficiency in the courtrooms, and their ability to enforce the law based on the evidence they have and without interference,” the ambassador said.