President Giorgi Margvelashvili re-nominated two candidates for the Supreme Court; Tamar Laliashvili and Nona Todua, who were nominated before but were not supported by Parliament earlier this month.
President re-nominates his candidates for Supreme Court
By Tea Mariamidze
Wednesday, June 29
The third candidate, Anna Dilidze, who was also voted down, was appointed by Margvelashvili as the Parliamentary Secretary on June 27. Dolidze had been working as the Deputy Defence Minister since May 2015.
The President expressed hope that Parliament would make the decision and called upon the MPs to discuss the nominated candidacies seriously.
“All three candidates - Tamar Laliashvili, Nona Todua, and Anna Dolidze - are highly qualified lawyers, and there was not fixed any position against them in Parliament,” said Margvelashvili, and noted that the Supreme Court of Georgia is in a difficult situation as it needs to fill vacant posts of judges as soon as possible.
Margvelashvili also emphasized that the decision was made after consultations with the candidates.
According to the President, Anna Dolidze’s first assignment and her activity will be connected to the approval process of judges in the Parliament of Georgia.
“Mrs. Anna Dolidze will try to convince lawmakers to approve the presented candidates,” he said and thanked the presented candidates for their high legal qualification.
The Parliament of Georgia went into summer recess after finishing its spring session on June 24 and it is expected to gather in September. The President hoped that if necessary a special session will be held and the candidates will be approved.
Judge candidates need the support of at least 76 lawmakers from the 150-seat Parliament to be able to begin working as a judge in the Supreme Court of Georgia.
According to the law, the President has the right to re-nominate same candidates for a second time. However, if rejected by Parliament again, the President will have to name other candidates.