Georgia’s first-ever jury trial is scheduled to commence soon in Tbilisi. The reform is meant to increase sagging public confidence in the country’s judicial system, but it also may force Georgians to confront some socially sensitive questions.
A 12-person jury will sit in judgment at an aggravated homicide trial set to begin on November 10. The case, in which the victim was murdered during a burglary, occurred back in 2004. Authorities completed their investigation only earlier this year.
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Giorgi Lomsadze is a freelance reporter based in Tbilisi. He is a frequent contributor to EurasiaNet's Tamada Tales blog.