Georgia ratified the OPCAT in 2005 and designated the Public Defender’s Office as NPM through amendments to its founding legislation in July 2009.
The decision was reached after a series of roundtables, concluded with the adoption of the proposal advanced by the Ministry of Justice. Some amendments were brought to the Ombudsperson's founding legislation to grant the institution additional powers according to the OPCAT.
A NPM Unit was created within the Public Defender's Office, assisted by the Special Preventive Group composed of independent experts drawn from civil society and advised by an Advisory Council.
SPT has not yet visited Georgia. The SPT member Victor Zaharia is the SPT Focal Point for Georgia.