USAID Celebrates Judges' Day

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Monday, May 16, 2022
U.S. Ambassador Kelly C. Degnan with students

Georgian judges and the United States celebrated Judges’ Day today with a question-and-answer program between law students and a panel of sitting judges supported by the United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Rule of Law Program.

U.S. Ambassador Kelly C. Degnan made opening remarks at the event and emphasized to the students the need for using independent judgment as justices.

The panel included Khatuna Jinoria and Tamar Khazhomia of the Tbilisi City Court, Badri Niparishvili of the Tetritskharo Regional Court, and Ketevan Meskhishvili of the Tbilisi Appellate Court. Irakli Kordzakhia, managing partner of the law firm, Kordzakhia, Jgenti, GP, moderated the discussion. Before taking questions, the panel spoke broadly about judicial independence and impartiality, ethical problems, challenges of the judicial profession, the latest amendments to the Law on Common Courts, and constitutional cases brought by judges.

The event, part of the annual celebration of the May 15 Judges Day holiday, enabled youth to interact with and ask questions of the justices about their profession, obstacles they overcame, and their current cases. Students asked the judges about their career paths, and the judges gave advice to students seeking to enter the legal profession. USAID’s Rule of Law program is one of the many ways the United States is helping the judicial system move from developing basic judicial infrastructure to improving judicial independence and accountability. These efforts will advance the quality of justice and its responsiveness to the people, bolstering Georgia’s democratic institutions and deepening its ties with the Euro-Atlantic family of nations.

Last updated: May 17, 2022

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