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Lettre du CCBE au parlement Géorgien à propos des multiples menaces, arrestations et harcèlements dont les avocats Géorgiens sont victimes.

Lettre du CCBE au parlement Géorgien à propos des multiples menaces, arrestations et harcèlements dont les avocats Géorgiens sont victimes.

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    Géorgie : le CCBE inquiet d ela situation des avocats Géorgie : le CCBE inquiet d ela situation des avocats Document Transcript

    • Le Président The President Mr. David Usupashvili Chairman Georgian Parliament Vakhtang Khmaladze Chairman Legal Issues Committee Georgian Parliament Parliament of Georgia, 26 Abashidze str., Kutaisi, Georgia, 4600 Brussels, 24 December 2013 Dear Members of the Georgian Parliament, I am writing to you on behalf of the Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe (CCBE) which represents the bars and law societies of 32 member countries and 12 further associate and observer countries, and through them more than 1 million European lawyers. Ever since its establishment in 1960, the CCBE has been in the forefront of advancing the views of European lawyers, protecting the rights of citizens and defending the legal principles upon which democracy and the rule of law are based. The Georgian Bar Association, which is an observer member of the CCBE, has drawn our attention to recent amendments to the Criminal Procedure Code of Georgia. The Georgian Bar Association has raised serious concerns in regard to certain provisions that might not comply with Art.6 of the European Convention on Human Rights, and particularly, might violate the principle of equality of arms, which is incorporated into the right to a fair trial. The Georgian Bar Association fears that the principle of equality of arms would not be safeguarded with the introduction of amended provisions and that Art.6 of the ECHR would not be implemented into the Criminal Procedure Law of Georgia in full accordance with the case law of the European Court of Human Rights. In this respect, I would like to underline that the European Court of Human Rights has consistently recognised the fundamental importance of the right to a fair trial. The State is under a positive obligation to take all necessary steps to ensure that the right to a fair trial is guaranteed and that the principle of equality of arms is observed in the course of criminal proceedings. The State is obliged to ensure that everyone who is a party to proceedings must have a reasonable opportunity to present their case to the court under conditions which do not place him/her at a substantial disadvantage vis-à-vis his/her opponent. A fair balance must be struck between the parties. Conseil des barreaux européens – Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe association internationale sans but lucratif - RPM Bruxelles 0.467.250.186 Rue Joseph II, 40/8 – B 1000 Brussels – Belgium – Tel.+32 (0)2 234 65 10 – Fax.+32 (0)2 234 65 11 – E-mail ccbe@ccbe.eu – www.ccbe.eu
    • In the light of the aforesaid, the CCBE stresses the importance of the principle of equality of arms in efforts to guarantee the right to a fair trial. Accordingly, the CCBE urges the Georgian Parliament to note the concerns raised by the Georgian Bar Association in its letters and open statements to the Georgian Parliament regarding recent amendments to the Criminal Procedure Code of Georgia in order to achieve a fair balance between the parties in criminal proceedings. The CCBE has also been informed by the Georgian Bar Association that enactment of some amendments to the Criminal Procedure Code were postponed on a number of occasions and might be postponed again. These amendments, especially those concerning the interrogation of witnesses (for example, see the comments of the Georgian Bar Association regarding Article 332) are essential in order to achieve a fair balance between the parties in criminal proceedings. In this regard, the CCBE would like to support the call of the Georgian Bar Association to introduce criminal procedure law provisions that guarantee the right to a fair trial and safeguard the principle of equality of arms as soon as possible without delay. We thank you for taking note of our concerns. Yours sincerely, Evangelos Tsouroulis CCBE President