According to the Minister of Justice, Tea Tsulukiani, the government presented candidacy of Mindia Ugrekhelidze for the Venice Commission membership. Tsulukiani in an interview said: "Georgian government has proposed candidacy of Mindia Ugrekhelidze to replace Giorgi Papuashvili at the Venice Commission".
Mindia Ugrekhelidze has previously served under the Shevardnadze Government, he was a chairman of the Georgia's Supreme Court between 1999-2009. Ugrekhelidze was appointed as the deputy head of Georgia’s communist party branch in 1983 and in 1990 he was chosen as the MP of the High Council of Communist Party. Between 1988-1990 he held a position of editor of the newspaper "Communist". Between 1999-2009, Mindia Ugrekhelidze was a judge of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR). Currently he teaches law at "St. Andrew the First-Called Georgian University of the Patriarchate of Georgia".
Additionally, Ugrekhelidze's son Papuna Ugrekhelidze is head of the National Agency of Public Registry. The Agency previously refused to register the decision to sell 51% of Rustavi 2 to LTD TV Georgia. On October 1st, TV Georgia;s assets were frozen by the decision of Civil Court.
Ugrekhelidze's wife, Eva Gotsiridze is member of the High Council of Justice of Georgia