On 15 February, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Estonia, Märt Rask, received the delegation of the Supreme Court of Georgia, composed of the Chief Justice Mr. Konstantin Kublashvili, the Chairman of the Criminal Chamber Mr Zaza Meishvili, and one law clerk. Estonian justices Lea Kivi, Tambet Tampuu, Eerik Kergandberg, Jaak Luik and Priit Pikamäe hosted the visitors.
The Georgian Supreme Court judges were invited to Tartu by the Estonian Association of Judges. The following topics were discussed at the meeting:
1) organisation of work and the case-load in higher court;
2) extremely high state fees in Estonia;
3) self-governing system of judges;
4) the role of the Supreme Court of Estonia as constitutional court on the Estonian legal landscape.
The visitors provided an introduction to the judicial reform which took place in Georgia in 2005. As a result of the reform the number of judges was reduced to 235, the courts’ administration model and the system of preparation for judge’s post was changed: one is able to apply for the position of judge after completing a 5 year course of preparation; a lawyer may be nominated a judge after reaching the age of 30.
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