U.S. Embassy Improves Judicial Skills at U.S. Study Tour Alumni Roundtable

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On Thursday, January 27, the Resident Legal Adviser to the Ministry of Justice (JRLA) hosted the fourth in a series of panel discussions of former Georgian judges from pre-pandemic study tours. In response to travel restrictions that interrupted study tours, the JRLA instituted these roundtables for Georgian judges to share their successes using American practices in Georgian courtrooms. U.S. District Court Judge Virginia Covington moderated a panel of four Georgia criminal judges who discussed how U.S. practices help them better serve the interests of victims, defendants and the public. Last month, Ambassador Kelly Degnan delivered a keynote address at a bench and bar meeting of judges, defense attorneys and prosecutors aimed at promoting continued trials to address scheduling issues, save the workload and delay justice. Thursday’s panel discussion built on this theme as approximately 35 judges, lawyers and legal students posed questions to Justice Covington and their judicial colleagues about how to increase judicial efficiency and align court proceedings with US and international best practices.

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