There was held a conference on juvenile justice at the Office of Prosecutor General with the support of the European Union. The meeting was opened by the Deputy Prosecutor General of Georgia, Giorgi Gabitashvili, and it was attended by the representatives of the Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Internal Affairs, Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sport, Ministry of Internally Displaced Persons from the Occupied Territories, Labor, Health and Social Affairs, UNICEF, NGOs, international organizations, and scientific circles.
Representatives of the Office of Prosecutor General of Georgia provided the participants with the information on the achievements and challenges in juvenile justice. Also, there was discussed a report describing criminal policy implemented against the juveniles that is in conflict with the Law, general study of juvenile diversion characteristics and the analysis of repeated offenses committed by them.
The juvenile justice is one of the priorities of the Prosecutor's Office of Georgia. In 2016-2018, a number of steps have been taken in this direction that resulted in increasing the level of usage of the alternative mechanism - diversion of juveniles in recent years, in decreasing juvenile detention facts and the cases of imprisonment and deprivation of liberty. It is worth noting that in parallel with the increase of the diversion rate, the level of repeated offenses committed is low, that highlights the efficiency of the program.
The Prosecutor's Office of Georgia continues the reform process in juvenile justice, in order to protect the juveniles' best interests in the legal proceedings.