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Partner Event: Presentation of the Study and a Panel Discussion on Open Justice and User-Centered Court Services

On January 29, 2024, Law and Public Policy Center hosted a presentation and panel discussion on open justice and user-centered court services. The study is available here. The project is implemented by “Law and Public Policy Center” with the support of the Open Government Partnership through the EU for Integrity Programme for the Eastern Partnership, funded by the European Union.

Ketevan Kukava, Head of LPPC, and Adna Karamehic-Oates, representative of the Open Government Partnership, delivered the opening remarks.

“The study revealed that the Georgian judiciary is not fully utilizing technology as a tool to enhance transparency and efficiency of the court systemTbilisi City Court does not provide access to public information of high public interest, referring to the substantial time and resources required for processing. Access to court decisions remains a significant challenge. The judiciary should take relevant measures to improve transparency and court services and fully implement open justice principles,” noted Ketevan Kukava.

Ketevan Kukava presented the study titled “Open Justice and User-Centered Court Services in Georgia – Challenges and Recommendations.”

Following the presentation, a panel discussion took place, featuring Giorgi Gotsiridze, Constitutional Litigation Team Leader at the Georgian Young Lawyers’ Association; Keti Chutlashvili, Lawyer at the Social Justice Center; and Giorgi Antadze, Founding Partner/Attorney at Caucasus Legal Service.

The event drew attendees from various sectors, including representatives from the Georgian Bar Association, non-governmental organizations, the Public Defender’s office, academia, donor organizations, and students from Georgian Universities.