U.S. Ambassador to Georgia, Kelly Degnan echoed Supreme Court appointments, saying “as you saw from our statement, we were very disappointed that parliament went through with this. I have to say it is hard to understand why there was such a need to rush through these appointments, despite the commitment to undertake meaningful and comprehensive judicial reform, especially when so many other challenges facing this country have been neglected.”
“Why did this issue, these appointments, need to go forward ahead of many of the other priorities that this country is facing? It’s still puzzling and very, very disappointing. Now we have four more judges who have been appointed through a process that was not transparent, that was not accountable. The people of Georgia don’t have information about the quality qualifications of these judges that are now on the Supreme court for lifetime appointments. And the purpose of the judicial reform that has been discussed including by Georgia’s political leaders was to bring greater transparency and accountability so that Georgian citizens have confidence that the judges in their courts are qualified, ethical, and impartial. And I hope that that will soon be the case and that there will soon be the kind of comprehensive judicial reform that political leaders agreed to undertake,” U.S. Ambassador noted.