The Committee discussed with the I reading and for accelerated consideration the amendments to the Law of Georgia on the State Inspector Service, together with the accompanying draft laws.
As the Chair of the Legal Issues Committee, Anri Okhanashvili stated, the State Inspector's office will be fully operational from November 1 and in order to prevent miscellaneous interruptions, the law shall be altered in two ways. One part of the amendment concerns the quality and effective conduct of investigations, while the other shall dwell upon the creation of solid social guarantees for those involved in investigative functions.
The draft law envisages the introduction of new terms - "Officer of the Investigation Unit of the State Inspect Service/Investigation Unit Officer" and "Investigator of the State Inspector Service/Investigator".
As per the draft law, the Officer of the Investigation Unit of the State Inspect Service was interpreted to imply both investigators and persons with no investigator status who would only carry out investigative activities. The strata of persons with the status of "investigator" was also specified. In particular, the investigator of the State Inspector Service would be the head and the deputy head of the Investigation Unit of the State, including the head and the deputy head of the department of this structural unit or the territorial unit, a Senior Investigator for Particularly Important Cases, an Investigator for Particularly Important Cases, Junior Investigator, Intern Investigator. It is necessary to introduce such terms as the current version of the applicable law does not provide for the possibility of persons carrying out investigative activities in the investigative unit of the State Inspectorate. Besides, the current version of the law does not allow for differentiation by level of investigators and does not grant investigator status to managers in the investigative unit, while they have to be qualified with the status of investigators in order to perform their functions properly.
The bill also envisages the introduction of an internship system for the State Inspector Service, which, on the one hand, aims to provide beginner lawyers with practical experience and on the other hand, to attract qualified staff to the State Inspectorate.
The draft law sheds light on the functions of the Deputy Inspector of Investigation.
According to the Chair of the Legal Issues Committee, Anri Okhanashvili, the present draft law envisages the right of the State Inspector to define by the normative act the employee service rules of the Structural Inspection Unit and the Investigation Unit. This allows the Inspector to put the unregulated relationships under the Law on Public Service.
The Law on the State Inspector Service provides for the award of special ranks only to investigators and to their social protection exclusively. The draft law envisages the granting of special ranks and appropriate social protection to the Deputy Head of Investigation, the Investigative Unit staff (investigators and operational staff) and the structural inspection unit staff (whose main function is identifying and responding to misconduct by employees of the Investigation Unit).
The members of the committee approved the Bill for the plenary sitting.
The Member of the Legal Issues Committee, Rati Ionatamishvili made a clarification on the issue of seeking additional information on the candidates for the Supreme Court of Georgia nominated for the Parliament of Georgia on September 6, 2019.
According to him, two meetings of the working group have already been held and there is a need to find additional information in three directions. One concerns accessing the photo copies of ID cards, the second is about requesting health information, and the third - seeking additional information about education documents.
The Committee upheld the request for information on ID cards and health information.
“We should request this information without disclosing the health information to any member of the Parliament. Anyone who concerned with this information will have this opportunity to do so. For this purpose, the Committee will allocate a specific place where, with the protection of confidentiality, a specific member will sign a relevant document to disclose the information and be aware of the legal consequences that may result from the disclosure of such information”, - the Chairman of the Legal Issues Committee, Anri Okhanashvili stated.
Pursuant to him, the Committee is currently working on requesting additional information regarding the materials confirming the education.
The details in this regard will be clarified at tomorrow’s session.