publication . Article . 2012

What’s in store for Georgia at the European Court? An analysis of recently communicated cases

Koroteev, Kirill;
Open Access English
  • Published: 01 Jan 2012
  • Publisher: European Human Rights Advocacy Centre (EHRAC), London Metropolitan University
  • Country: United Kingdom
Despite years of reforming its law-enforcement bodies, Georgia still faces serious problems in ensuring the compliance of its criminal justice system with the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR). In particular, it suffers from a low rate of acquittals which amount to less than 1% of contentious criminal cases (excluding the cases of plea bargain agreements). This depressing statistic makes the offer of a plea bargain hard to turn down since pleading not guilty and facing a full contentious trial, in nearly every case, leads to a conviction. Even though these statistics do not in themselves raise an issue under the ECHR, this situation affects the function...
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