Since 2004, Georgian judiciary could overcome systemic corruption, however, found itself under strict control of executive power. A small group of persons, the clan, with high administrative positions ensured the obedience of judges towards the political party in power and ensuring execution of the demands of the executive.
The new government, which came to power in 2012 tried to dissolve the defective system of governance in the judiciary but could not do it and finally entered into cooperation with the clan. As the result of this cooperation, the clan obtained additional leverages. From 2017, the clan was provided with the opportunity to appoint Supreme Court Justices for life.
See the article of Chair of Article 42 of the
Constitution - Kakha Tsikarishvili, which describes clan-based
governance in the judiciary since 2007.
Clan based governance in Georgian Judiciary since 2007