Judicial Independence in the Eastern Partnership Countries
28 November 2011
While the judicial independence remains one of the most challenging issues for the democratic development of the Eastern Partnership countries, the progress achieved in this direction in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia and Belarus leaves much to be desired. The present report does not have the ambition to be a comprehensive study of the judiciary systems in the partner countries – it represents a compilation of researches carried out by the CSOs active in the field. The paper analysis legislative framework existing in the partner countries regarding the appointment, dismissal and promotion of the judges that could be serving as an impediment for the genuine transformation of the judicial systems in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus and Georgia into accountable, transparent and independent judicial branch.