Georgia has not yet fully implemented the Venice Commission recommendations relating to the the procedure for appointing Supreme Court judges, reads the 6th Visa Suspension Mechanism Report of the European Commission.
“In the Fifth Visa Suspension Mechanism Report, the Commission recommended that Georgia fully align the procedure for appointing Supreme Court judges with the Venice Commission’s recommendations, and adopt and implement legislation evaluating the integrity and performance of Supreme Court judges. Georgia has not yet fully implemented the relevant Venice Commission recommendations.
“An effective right of appeal for candidates in the appointment procedure of the Supreme Court judges remains to be ensured by clarifying the binding nature of the Supreme Court decision for the High Council of Justice. Georgia has not initiated the process of preparing legislation on additional integrity checks for Supreme Court judges with the participation of international experts with a casting vote”, reads the report.