System & People
19 May, 2011
System & People

Let us make one quick and rigid statement: Georgia of today is totally and drastically different from what it used to be about a decade ago. This said, let’s not be overly frugal in giving credit for what has been achieved to the current generation of the young rulers of Georgia who have managed to adroitly apply the Western money, knowledge and know-how to current reality in the country.
They have managed to totally modernize the System, including police, general

management, education, national tax-return structure, judiciary, roads, communications, and so on, with the exception of several bottle-necks like modern medical service, complete independence of courts, retail & wholesale culture, overall service tradition, media, standard of living in rural areas, etc. The System was utterly computerized, the law has started working as effectively as never before, the people have learnt how to go by the rules and obey the law, the law itself has started reaching deep into the pockets of law-breakers and the nation-wide respect for law enforcers has become commonplace. And still, blunders in the process, which could be described as ‘Law at Work’, are ubiquitous. The citizens of Georgia are often faced with the law-enforcement as offenders and wrong doers because they are ignorant of the renovated, and in most cases, totally revolutionized System. They are simply not aware of the complex web of new rules and rulings, acts and regulations, laws and bylaws, decrees and fiats.  This means that the System has gone far beyond the level of legal knowledge and cultural maturity of our people. This also means that the System has achieved a certain level sophistication and people have not yet gone that far. So the gap between how the System works and how ready the population is to be part of the System is still wide enough to expect blunders and confusions on part of our citizens. Take me for example. The other day, I was driving on the highway from west Georgia towards Tbilisi. To make a long story short, I hit a cow on the road which was not killed and continued walking. Accordingly, I made a decision to keep on driving which turned out to be a grave mistake. As I was told later, I had no right to move the car from the spot of the accident because this prevented the police from making a drawing of the spot of the accident. As a result, I had to pay a 300 GEL fine. Had I known the law better I might have saved that money for a more effective use. Imagine how many people are out there who would not breach any rules in case they were equipped with the relevant legal knowledge. To conclude, we have to accept that the more refined and efficacious the System is, the more complicated it becomes for us the ordinary people in the street to be part of that System; and the more complicated it becomes, the more knowledge of the functioning law-enforcement bolts and nuts we are required to know. The best deduction that comes to my mind right now is that we will have to educate our people amply and accordingly by means of advocating and driving home of the idea that we are no longer living in the same old unlawful society, in which impunity was a norm. Things are different now – you break law, you pay for it. Period! Legal education of masses via TV and radio, press and various public courses could serve as practical means for making our court rooms and jails not as densely populated as they are now. Would this not be a great relief?

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