Published: 1 Dec 2008 | By Natia Katsitadze

The practice of ‘plea bargaining’ in Georgia – violating the principles of a fair trial?


In February 2004 the practice of ‘plea bargaining’ was introduced into the Criminal Procedure Code of Georgia, with the government considering it a tool for the ‘effective fight against corruption’. However, since its introduction, plea bargaining has been heavily criticised by both lawyers and human rights organisations, given the monetary payments involved in the settlement of cases.

In this article, Natia Katsitadze considers whether the process of plea bargaining when applied in practice raises issues as to the fairness of the procedings. To find out more, click on the link to the full article below.