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June 11, 2007

Georgian Bar Association's Ethics Commission Drafts Amendments to Legal Profession Conduct Codes


On May 4-6, 2007 the American Bar Association’s Rule of Law Initiative organized a retreat in Bakuriani for the Ethics Commission of the Georgian Bar Association (GBA), funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). The goal of the retreat was to draft amendments to the Code of Ethics for Advocates, Code of Disciplinary Procedure, Law of Georgia on Advocates and the GBA Charter. The amendments drafted are related to the Ethics Commission activities and disciplinary responsibility of advocates. During one year of practice, the Ethics Commission identified a number of deficiencies in the Codes and the need for change both in the Codes and accordingly in the Law of Georgia on Advocates and the Charter.

“The retreat has been a great success” GBA Ethics Commission Chairman Eka Beselia said. “With the great support and valuable expertise by the Rule of Law Initiative’s Legal Specialist Judge John Brown and Country Director Donna Wright we have been able to draft amendments which will enable the Ethics Commission to work more efficiently and make an enormous step forward towards compliance with international standards” she added.

Based on the request of the Ethics Commission members, ABA/CEELI’s legal specialist and staff will continue to provide expertise to the Commission to further improve the draft amendments and present them for adoption to the General Assembly tentatively scheduled for fall 2007 and to the Parliament of Georgia. In addition, the Initiative’s Research and Program Development Office in Washington D.C. will conduct an assessment of the above mentioned documents and amendments by July 2007. The results and recommendations of the assessment will be considered by the Ethics Commission and incorporated in the amendments.

For more information, please contact Country Director Donna Wright, at <[email protected]>.