Georgia Current Programs

Criminal Law Reform and Anti-Human Trafficking

In Georgia, the ABA Rule of Law Initiative (ABA ROLI) trains legal aid attorneys and private criminal defense attorneys on the country’s October 2010 Criminal Procedure Code (CPC), helping them better represent and defend their clients. The code introduced jury trials and marked a transition to an adversarial system of justice. ABA ROLI conducts extensive CPC trainings for attorneys to support the transition. We also conduct trial advocacy skills and forensic evidence trainings to enhance attorneys’ knowledge of forensic science and their ability to select, present and cross-examine witnesses.

As part of an ongoing criminal law reform program, from early 2010 to June 2011, ABA ROLI:

  • trained more than 1,600 of the roughly 3,000 Georgian defense attorneys on the Criminal Procedure Code, which was adopted in October 2010, supporting preparations for Georgia’s transition to the adversarial system
  • worked with the Georgian judiciary to develop a jury trial bench book, which will serve as a guide for the country’s judges
  • conducted more than 35 multi-day trial advocacy skills trainings—covering jury selection, opening statements, direct examination, cross examination, witness impeachment, objections and closing arguments—for more than 900 attorneys, and
  • conducted more than 70 mock jury trials, providing more than 900 legal professionals a forum to practice new skills and allowing more than 200 law students to observe them.