Application of Plea Bargaining in Georgia

Plea bargaining, as a significant element of legal reform in the sphere of criminal justice, was enacted in Georgia in 2004. The reform was aimed at fighting rampant corruption and combating organized crime. The plea bargaining has played an important role in criminal proceedings in the country. As of now, the vast majority of criminal cases are settled by plea agreements.

This report is dedicated to the application of plea bargaining in Georgia. It mainly consists of the analysis of how plea bargain is practiced in the country. The analysis was prepared by member organizations of the Criminal Law Working Group set up within the framework of the Coalition for an Independent and Transparent Judiciary.

The Coalition for an Independent and Transparent Judiciary was established on 29 April 2011 and it unites 32 non-governmental organizations. The goal of the Coalition is to strengthen the capacity of legal professional associations, legal rights NGOs, professional and business associations in monitoring relevant judicial practices and advocating for an independent judiciary.

The Coalition was formed within the framework of the Civic Initiative for an Independent Judiciary project funded by USAID. The project is implemented by the Eurasia Partnership Foundation through a partnership with the East-West Management Institute (EWMI).

The Criminal Law Working Group which is set up within the framework of the Coalition involves the following organizations: 42 of the Constitution, Georgian Young Lawyers’ Association, Human Rights Center, Georgian Lawyers for Independent Profession, Transparency International Georgia, Open Society Georgia Foundation, Human Rights Education and Monitoring Center, Business and Economic Center.

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