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GYLA Publishes its Findings on the Law of Georgia on Police

On September 3, 2010 MPs L. Tordia, K. Anjaparidze and Z. Kukava submitted a legislative initiative  - draft  law on Amendments and Addendum to Certain Legislative Acts, which included the draft law on Amendments and Addendum to the Law of Georgia on Police. Article 91 would be inserted in the law, introducing the term stop and frisk. The noted amendment allows a police officer to stop an individual in order to substantiate or dispel suspicions concerning involvement of the person in a crime.

2010-09-21 10:18 See more

Appeal of Georgian Young Lawyers Association, Transparency International Georgia and Levan Mikeladze Foundation to Parliament of Georgia for Extension of Period Allocated for Constitutional Draft Review

An analysis of political developments throughout the recent history of Georgia demonstrates that it is necessary to select the right political system and form of state governance and to take the interests of different social groups into consideration as much as possible during this process, in order to ensure sustainable and safe development of our country.

2010-08-25 12:27 See more

GYLA Publishes its Findings on Amendments and Addendums to the Law on Secondary Education

On July 2010 the Parliament of Georgia adopted the draft of amendments and addendums to the Law on General Education of Georgia with third hearing, giving bailiffs right to stop and frisk and use force and special device. The Georgian Young Lawyer’s Association gave a negative evaluation to the noted amendments and called on the Parliament to cease review of the draft and continue the process of adoption upon elimination of flaws and immediate threats.Regrettably, the draft was adopted with third hearing. Due to the utmost importance of the matter, the Georgian Young Lawyers’ Association will submit a proposal for harmonizing the law with constitutional and international standards after the Parliament renews its autumn session.GYLA prepared its findings and legislative initiative concerning the noted amendments (see the attachment), which provides precise frames of performing stop and frisk, imposes additional restrictions on use of force and special device by bailiffs and most importantly, offers procedural guarantees of protection for excessive use of authirty during stop and frisk or use of force. Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-qformat:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0cm 5.4pt 0cm 5.4pt; mso-para-margin-top:0cm; mso-para-margin-right:0cm; mso-para-margin-bottom:10.0pt; mso-para-margin-left:0cm; line-height:115%; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:11.0pt; font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"; mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-bidi;} View findings of GYLA.    Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-qformat:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0cm 5.4pt 0cm 5.4pt; mso-para-margin-top:0cm; mso-para-margin-right:0cm; mso-para-margin-bottom:10.0pt; mso-para-margin-left:0cm; line-height:115%; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:11.0pt; font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"; mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-bidi;}  

2010-07-29 15:12 See more

GYLA Held a Roundtable with Journalists

On July 27 the Georgian Young Lawyers’ Association held a meeting with journalists in frames of the project Legal Protection of Media. Purpose of the meeting was to identify legislative flaws that hinder journalists the most from working effectively and can be eliminated through legislative amendments. Local and regional media representatives attended the meeting and discussed the issues that prove to be most problematic in their activity. Following issues had been identified:•    transparency of media owners; •    financial transparency of media outlets;•    high amount of court fee and litigations terms that are too lengthy;•    high fees for copying public information, as well as special regulations for acquiring different types of information, such as excerpts from industrial register, certificates from archive, etc; •    Public access to court sessions, restriction on photo, video and audio recording;•    broadcaster licensing issues;•    inability to acquire a soft-copy of public information; •    issues of protection of journalists’ labor rights;•    Artificial barriers that journalists are facing with regard to access to public agencies and public sessions.

2010-07-28 07:01 See more

GYLA presented its findings on constitutional amendments

The Georgian Young Lawyers’ Association considers that

2010-07-24 13:06 See more

With GYLA’s Assistance a Lawyer was Ordered to pay back USD 620 to a Citizen for Providing Unqualified Legal Service

In 2009 a citizen M.S. hired a lawyer Sh.Sh. to remove the sequestration order issued in 1996 and paid him USD 620 for the legal service.The lawyer filed an application in court and sequestration order was removed under the court decision. Upon submission of the enforcement document in the Public Register it was revealed that sequestration orders registered before 1997 had been automatically annulled Under Article 35 of the Law on Public Register (2008); therefore, there was no need of applying to court to remove the sequestration order.

2010-07-23 13:04 See more

GYLA Protesting against expulsion of IDPs with violation of Law

Since June 2010 expulsion of IDPs from collective centers has become a massive practice. The expulsions are conducted on the basis of the May 27, 2007 #747 order of the Ministry of Interior Affairs of Georgia “Rules for Inhibition of Seizure or Other Obstruction to a Real Estate Item under the Ownership”. According to the noted provision, expulsion of IDPs registered at the collective centre is allowed only after a certificate on expedience of IDPs’ expulsion is issued by the Ministry of Internally Displaced Persons from the Occupied Territories of Georgia, Accommodation and Refugees of Georgia (former Ministry of Refugees and Accommodation). After the Ministry’s issues its consent, IDPs are notified in a written form and they are required to leave premises of the building in five business days. For example, 33 families residing at Tvalchrelidze St. #2, former office of the Pharmacy Unit of the Trans-Caucasian Troops in Tbilisi were evicted in compliance with this rule.

2010-07-22 12:57 See more

With GYLA’s Assistance a Father of an Infant was ordered to pay Alimony in the Amount of GEL 350

GYLA provided legal assistance to a seven-month old infant with a grave health condition, who was abandoned by his father D.Kh. after his birth.  The infant has been suffering from inborn rickets and was in need of a long-term treatment.

2010-07-21 12:51 See more

GYLA Calls on the Parliament of Georgia to Turn Down Anti-Constitutional Draft Law

Today the Parliament of Georgia is reviewing the draft law on addendum to the General Administrative Code of Georgia. Under the draft law, clause 5 will be inserted in Article 3 of the General Administrative Code of Georgia:“5. Chapter III of this Code does not apply to activities of the executive authorities that are related to participation of the state of Georgia in litigations and review of cases in international arbitrary, foreign or international courts before deliverance of judgment by them. Prior to deliverance of final judgment by court, information will be released in compliance with an international agreement and treaty of Georgia and/or terms of courts provided in this paragraph”.

2010-07-20 14:43 See more

Non-governmental organizations respond to the comment of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia (MIA), published on July 14, concerning the arrests made in Mestia on July 7

Four organizations – Human Rights Center, Transparency International Georgia, International Society for Fair Elections and Democracy and Georgian Young Lawyers' Association are responding to the statement made on July 14 by the Ministry of Internal Affairs. 

2010-07-16 10:37 See more