As a response to the distributed by the NELP «The institute for development of freedom of information» (IDFI) report, which had to do with the work compensation of the Prosecutor’s office supervising persons, with the aim of informing the society, the Georgian Prosecutor’s office would like to elucidate that from 2008 until today the increase in work compensation of the supervising persons of the Prosecutor’s office (General Prosecutor, first deputy and other deputies) has not occurred.
In relation to the information published in the report’s chapter on “Work compensation” we would like to explain that the work compensation salary fund has not increased due to increase in work compensation of officials (General Prosecutor, first deputy and other deputies, supervisors and heads of the General Prosecutor’s office department and services and person that are equal to the latter, the Abkhazia and Achara Autonomous Republic’s, Tbilisi, District and Regional Prosecutor’s), on the contrary, the increase is caused by the increase of employees, 188 in all, of the Prosecutor’s office, which is portrayed in the corresponding percentage ratio in relation to the tendencies of increase of number of employees, which causes the incorrect interpretation of information in the society, specifically in 2011 the average quantity of the Prosecutor’s office workers was 626, and according to data of 2015 the total number of employees amounts to 814. The increase of number of employees was conditioned and caused by the increase of the work load of the Prosecutor’s office, which was caused together with ongoing cases the numerous complaints from the citizens regarding the officials of the former government and the possibility of them committing crimes and the resonant investigation conducted on the latter facts, also the necessities that rose after the structural reorganization of the Prosecutor’s office, specifically with the aim of achieving the objectives of the Prosecutor’s office in 2015 was established the investigative department for crimes committed during works on specific cases, also according to recommendations of the EU was established a section for investigating corruption cases, also was established the center of software, security, and program support.
Here we would also like to elucidate that according to the situation of 2015 in the Georgian Prosecutor’s office were working 814 employees, among them -53 officials, 761 other employees, (prosecutor, investigator, apprentice, specialist, adviser and assistant employee).
According to the Georgian Law “About the conflict of interests in State workplace and corruption”, in the term “Official” are implied the following persons: Georgian General Prosecutor, his first deputy and other deputies, the heads and supervisors of the General Prosecutor’s office departments and services and persons equal to the latter, Abkhazia and Achara Autonomous Republics, Tbilisi, district and regional prosecutors.
For more clarity we would like to present to you the Georgian Prosecutor’s Office employees, including officials, Work compensation ratio in the period of 2011-2015.
In the IDFI report’s “work compensation” chapter is elaborated that „from December 31, 2011 until December 31, 2015 the staff employee increase amounted to 27,8% and in 2015 in comparison to 2012 the work compensation expenses have increased by 69,1%.
Regarding the above mentioned we would like to highlight that starting from 2008 the work compensation of the officials of the Georgian Prosecutor’s office (salary/bonus/additions) did not increase, the increase of the salary fund was caused by the increase of employees and not the increase of the salaries of the officials, and the salary fund as of 2015 amounts to on average 2,469 Lari and in comparison to work compensation of 2011 (1721Lari) has increased by 43% in other words 748 Lari. Here we would also like to clarify that each and every employee of the Georgian Prosecutor’s office due to the large work load are forced to work during non-working hours systematically, in revision there are hundreds of criminal cases and of course the increase of their work compensation is directly related to their
work load and work hours, at the same time, the business of each and every prosecutor is related to the increased risk for life, because the prosecutor’s office main function is to fight against crime and the criminal world, at the same time into consideration is taken also the circumstance that based on the specifics of business there is a high risk of spreading of corruption, and our country experienced the latter already in the past.
Also in relation to critical comments given in the report, which have to do with the transparency of the Prosecutor’s office business and ensuring of information accessibility, we would like to further explain that the Prosecutor’s office almost in everyday mode makes public the information regarding the work done on cases of high resonance and great interest of the society.At the same time, the Georgian General Prosecutor as a result of executed reforms is obligated to present a report to the Prosecutor’s office council once every six months, which includes detailed description of the prosecutor’s office business during this period, for the elected prosecutor’s office council by the General prosecutor in accordance with the legislation was presented the report regarding the conducted work, where is mentioned in full the information regarding the general prosecutor’s business.