Bidzina Ivanishvili: The ruling team made a reasonable decision, when it left more time for reviewing the judicial candidates

I think that the ruling team made a reasonable decision, when it left more time for reviewing the judicial candidates, - reads the statement released by Bidzina Ivanishvili today.

“Today, only 10 of 28 judges are present in the Supreme Court of Georgia, which hinders the normal functioning of the court. Consequently, the desire of the High Council of Justice to quickly submit the judicial candidates had objective grounds.

However, I think that the governing team made a reasonable decision, when it left more time for reviewing the judicial candidates. It should be noted that this decision was made by the majority of representatives of the ruling team. We respect different opinions in the team and we think that reasonable decisions can only be based on free discussion. It is welcome that the decision made by the ruling team was preceded by a statement of the High Council of Justice that they would not oppose the postponement of the selection of judges till the spring session, considering the importance of the issue. As it is known to the public, the Chairman of the Parliament announced on December 26 the postponement of the selection process”, reads the statement.

According to him, discussion of the issue will last for one month left before the spring session, or even longer in case of necessity and decisions will be made on the basis of a wide range of discussions involving various stakeholders.

“Therefore, I urge people who try to show themselves as the only party interested in this issue to wait for the end of the review process and refrain from making statements that damage the interests of the team, as well as the healthy process of selection of judges.

I am convinced that the final decision will further strengthen the judicial independence and impartiality that is one of the key achievements of the 2012 democratic transition and that is a subject of my personal, particular care," Bidzina Ivanishvili says in the statement», reads the statement.