The High Council of Justice of Georgia appointed Mikheil Chinchaladze the new Chairman of the Appellate Court of Georgia. The previous chairman, Valeri Tsertsvadze, left the post on May 25th, because of his involvement in a controversial case between two companies.
Chinchaladze’s candidacy was nominated by High Council of Justice member Shota Getsadze. Getsadze was also selected as one of the five candidates to be Georgia’s judge at the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg.
Chinchaladze has served as the Deputy Chairman of the Supreme Court of Georgia since June 2016. He has acted as chairman of several administrative and judicial chambers.
The civic sector was against Chinchaladze’s candidacy as Chairman of the Appellate Court of Georgia. Civil society groups point out that during Chinchaladze’s 10-year tenure as a judge, he only discussed 250 cases, 88% of them within the period of 2007-2008.
The Director of Rustavi 2 TV, Nika Gvaramia, has also accused Chinchaladze of pressuring judges when the court hearings over the Rustavi 2 ownership case were taking place.