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A More Independent and Effective Chamber of Control?

01 October, 2010

The Georgian Chamber of Control (CoC) has stepped into the spotlight lately through several recent high-profile inquiries. This is an encouraging show of institutional strength, but it remains to be seen whether the recent positive trends in the agen

Jury Trials: Further Thoughts

01 October, 2010

My post on jury trials generated some very useful discussion; I'd like to post some of the questions I received to clarify what I think about jury trials. I want to hear your thoughts, so please feel free to add comments to the blog, or to contact TI

Georgia begins jury trials

29 September, 2010

Georgians are getting the right to be tried by a jury of their peers at the end of this week, on October 1. At this stage jury trials will be limited to aggravated murders, and Tbilisi. While greater involvement of the general public in practical gov

Government To Unveil New Procedures on IDP Evictions

28 September, 2010

Update September 30th 2010: The operating procedures have been released; you can read them here.Tomorrow, the government will present a new set of procedures for evicting and resettling IDPs. The Standard Operating Procedures, to be presented at an o

Constitutional amendments -- Why the rush?

27 September, 2010

The Georgian Parliament held the first reading of the Constitutional amendments on Friday 24 September. The reading was a surprise in that the Wednesday before, few even in Parliament seemed sure if and when it would happen. Today, although there is