Published: 8 Jan 2015 | By Sopho Japaridze

Plea bargaining in Georgia


Plea bargaining is a rapid and usually effective mechanism of administration of justice, which has been widely applied in a number of European jurisdictions and beyond,1 including in Georgia. Plea bargaining does not contradict the European Convention on Human Rights (‘ECHR’) per se, but the legislative regulations and practices of particular countries, including Georgia, raises certain questions about the compatibility of this practice with the ECHR, in particular, in relation to Article 2 (the right to life), Article 6 (the right to a fair trial), and Article 2 of Protocol 7 (the right to appeal in criminal matters).

Does the Georgian model of plea bargaining comply with the requirements of the European Convention on Human Rights? You can read Sopho Japaridze’s full article using the link below.