On Independence Day - May 26, 2011 - Georgia's first House of Justice opened in Batumi. Georgian President, Mikheil Saakashvili, Minister of Justice, Zurab Adeishvili and Minister of Justice of Azerbaijan, Pikrat Mamadov - on his special visit to Georgia - took part in the opening ceremony.
Among the invited guests, there were representatives of legislative, executive and judicial branches of the government, diplomatic corps, as well as international organizations and media.
Italian architect Michele de Lucchi designed the building of the House of Justice and it took a year to finish the construction. Along with the agencies of the Ministry of Justice, some space in the premises also be allocated for the Prosecutor's Office and the Chamber of Control of the Autonomous Republic of Adjara. At the opening ceremony, Georgian President congratulated the citizens of Batumi and Georgia overall:
"This beautiful building, which will become the landmark of Batumi - represents not only an architectural masterpiece, but also the masterpiece of the relations between the state and the citizens.
From today on, the new dimension of success will crown all Georgian reforms - our society will get to know as a House of Justice starting from tomorrow. House of Justice is an implementation of most modern, comfortable and innovative way of state-offered services in Georgia. This is unimaginably swift and simple service for our citizens. With the formation of House of Justice we create absolutely new standard that is exemplary not for our country and region only, but throughout the world... This is why the House of Justice goes farther than one window principle that was implemented by the Ministry of Justice once - the House of Justice is everything located in one space", Mikheil Saakashvili stated.
After the ceremony, guests had a chance to be shown round the new office of the House of Justice.
The New Georgian brand - the House of Justice is the first public service institution in Georgia with completely new concept of service delivery by the Ministry of Justice. This is a new strategy of customer-focused state services arranged in conformity with business logic and combined into one concept. The House of Justice will deliver various types of services based on the so-called "one-desk-service" principle. Customers will have an opportunity to receive services delivered by the Civil Registry Agency, National Agency of Public Registry, National Archives, National Bureau of Enforcement, Notary Chamber, Legislative Herald and Training Center of Justice.
In 2011, Houses of Justice will also be opened in Rustavi, Mestia, and Kutaisi. In 2012, it will be opened in Tbilisi.