Review of, and decision-making on, disciplinary complaints by the Disciplinary Chamber of the Supreme Court of Georgia

Decisions of the Disciplinary Panel may be reviewed by challenging them before the Disciplinary Chamber of the Supreme Court of Georgia.

The Disciplinary Chamber of the Supreme Court, consisting of 3 members, is elected by the Plenum of the Supreme Court for a term of 3 years.

A complaint challenging a decision of the Disciplinary Panel should be lodged with the Disciplinary Panel within 10 days. This term may not be prolonged or restored and its countdown starts from the moment a decision of the Disciplinary Panel has been served to the party.

The Disciplinary Chamber of the Supreme Court, with 3 members, will review the disciplinary case within 1 month after it has declared the case admissible. For objective reasons, the Chairman of the Supreme Court is authorized to postpone the review of the case for 1 month.

The Disciplinary Chamber makes a decision on a case with a majority of votes. A member of the Disciplinary Chamber may not refrain from voting. A decision of the Disciplinary Chamber is final and not subject to any further appeal.

A decision of the Disciplinary Chamber shall be made in writing and signed by the members of the Chamber.

Copies of the decision of the Disciplinary Chamber will be forwarded to the High Council of Justice, parties to the proceedings and their representatives.

The Disciplinary Chamber is authorized to publish only the resolution part of its decision; in particular, the part containing information about the imposition of disciplinary liability, disciplinary punishment and measures of disciplinary effect upon a judge.

It is prohibited to publish the circumstances that became a ground for imposing disciplinary liability, punishment and measures of disciplinary effect upon a judge, except in cases where a judge has been dismissed from judicial office.

The official seat of the Disciplinary Panel is the Supreme Court of Georgia.

Sessions of the Disciplinary Chamber are closed and the information concerning the deliberation about a disciplinary case is confidential. Members of the Disciplinary Chamber and the person bringing disciplinary charges are obliged to protect confidentiality of such information.