Georgia’s Permanent Representative to the Council of Europe Konstantine Korkelia presented ratification instruments of Protocols No.15 and No.16 to the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms to Deputy Secretary General of the Council of Europe Gabriella Battaini-Dragoni.
Based on Protocol No.15 amending the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, the term of filing an appeal against the decision of the national court with the European Court of Human Rights has been reduced from six to four months from the date on which such decision is taken. The amendment was adopted in response to demands for speedy communication, on the one hand, and on the other, due to the fact that other Member States also use the same time-limit. In Article 21 of the Convention, a new paragraph 2 was inserted, according to which candidates for the office of judge must be less than 65 years of age. This amendment overrules paragraph 2 of Article 23 of the Convention stipulating that “The terms of office of judges shall expire when they reach the age of 70”.
Georgia signed Protocol No.15 on 19 June 2014.It will enter into force after all contracting parties to the Convention have expressed their consent to be bound by the Protocol.
By binding itself by Protocol No.16 to the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, Georgia commits to put into practice the high standards upheld by the European Court of Human Rights and incorporated into the case law. In accordance with Article 10 of Protocol No.16, the Supreme Court of Georgia and the Constitutional Court of Georgia have been designated as courts authorized to request the European Court of Human Rights for advisory opinions.