Assistant to the judge

To assist in organizing judicial review of cases in Georgian common courts, assistants to the judge are discharging functions prescribed by the procedural law and performing individual tasks assigned by the judge.

An assistant to a judge:

(a) accepts citizens and their applications, prepares a case for its review at a court session;

(b) drafts court decisions at the assignment of a judge;

(c) notifies participants of the proceedings about the time and place of the court hearing scheduled;

(d) ensures protection and storage of physical evidence during the period of court proceedings;

(e) drafts copies of procedural documents and serves them to participants of the proceedings;

(f) timely updates control copies of legislative acts by incorporating new amendments and addenda therein;

(g) researches appropriate pieces of literature and provides them to a judge as necessary for adjudicate of individual cases;

(h) sees to returning certified copies of court notifications to the court and reports to a judge about reasons for failure to deliver the notifications to the addressees;

(i) registers each completed case and documents to be forwarded to the parties into a journal and delivers it to the court’s clerical or expedition office;

(j) delivers case file materials of completed criminal and civil cases within the term established by law to the court’s clerical office, which must be registered in the appropriate registration journals for criminal and civil cases.

A person may be appointed a servant of an office of a court whose functions are directly linked with administration of justice in the court if he/she is a citizen of Georgia who, as a rule, has the highest legal education, is fluent in the official language of proceedings and has completed a paid internship up to a year in a common court and a special training course at the High School of Justice according to rules established by the High Council of Justice.

For the purpose of appointment to the position of an assistant to a judge, a person will be released from completing a paid internship and/or a special training course if he/she meets one of the following requirements:

(a) has worked as a judge, prosecutor, investigator or attorney for a period of at least 1 year;

(b) has passed a judicial qualification examination;

(c) has worked in the legal profession as a lawyer for at least 2 years;

(d) has worked for a court as a lawyer for at least 1 year.

A person will be released from the obligation to complete a special training court if he/she has undergone a special training course for assistants to a judge at theHigh SchoolofJustice.