Mikheil Sarjveladze: It is important to more actively use Jurisprudence of Strasbourg court in internal staff law of country

Georgia: At the session of the Human Rights Protection and Civil Integration Committee, they heard the report of the working group created for the purpose of developing a draft law on the proactive application of the decisions of the European Court of Human Rights by Georgian courts.

The report was presented by the chairman of the Human Rights Protection and Civil Integration Committee, as well as the head of the working group, Mikheil Sarjveladze.

He informed his colleagues and representatives of various organizations who attended the session about the activities of the working group. He spoke about the creation and composition of the working group, as well as about the held working meetings.

“Not only members of our committee, but also members of other committees were involved in the work of the group. Also, members of the group were representatives of the relevant state institution, the Prosecutor’s Office of Georgia, the judiciary, legal professions, and non-governmental organizations. At the workshops, all parties had the opportunity to present ideas and opinions on how, through legislative changes, the decisions of the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg can be used more relevantly and the case law in general.

During the working meetings, certain ideas and opinions were highlighted, practically all of which have already been reflected in the legal drafts, which we present to you today as an initiative”, said Mikheil Sarjveladze.

The report was accepted by the committee.

Today, at the meeting of the Human Rights Protection and Civil Integration Committee, Mikheil Sarjveladze presented a package of draft laws of Georgia developed by the Georgian courts on the proactive application of the decisions of the European Court of Human Rights.

The initiated package consists of 11 draft laws, namely: amendments to the “Civil Procedure and Criminal Procedure Code”, the Organic Law “On Common Courts”, the Organic Law “On the Prosecutor’s Office”, and “On Lawyers”, as well as “On International Agreements of Georgia”, “Administrative Procedure” Changes in the “Code” on normative acts”, “On the Constitutional Court” in the organic law and the general administrative code and in the “Code of administrative offences”.

The speaker emphasized the importance of making changes to each law.

“For me, the case we are working on is especially valuable, depending on its purpose. We want to have the jurisprudence of the Strasbourg Court more actively used in the internal state law of our country. This is very important because the reputation of this court’s jurisprudence is very high. It is practically a mecca, where the highest quality, the most academic, sophisticated, and the highest standard care is taken for the development of human rights, for the constant improvement of standards. Therefore, it is natural that correctness of our legislation in this direction is critically important, and this presented package will contribute to this”, said Mikheil Sarjveladze.

The committee supported the issue of initiating a package of legislative changes.

Zurab Kvaratskhelia

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