Jaba Tsitsuashvili is an attorney at the Institute for Justice. He litigates in federal courts across the country to scale back and eliminate civil forfeiture, abusive fines and fees, and qualified immunity.
Jaba’s work focuses on Fourth Amendment protections against unlawful searches and seizures; the due process rights of people accused of civil or criminal offenses; and the Eighth Amendment’s prohibition of excessive fines.
As part of IJ’s Project on Immunity and Accountability, he also litigates and writes amicus briefs on issues of qualified immunity, prosecutorial immunity, Bivens liability, and related doctrines that shield police and other government actors from accountability for constitutional violations.
Before joining IJ, Jaba litigated immigrants’ due process and First Amendment rights and prisoners’ religious liberty and disability rights. For his work on behalf of detained migrants, he was a recipient of the ACLU of Southern California’s 2019 Access to Justice Award.
Jaba graduated from New York University School of Law and the University of California at San Diego. While at NYU Law, he interned for Judge John G. Koeltl (U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York); the U.S. Department of Justice (Civil Division, Southern District of New York); and the Asociación Civil por la Igualdad y la Justicia (Buenos Aires, Argentina). He also taught basic constitutional and criminal law to young people through the High School Law Institute.
Mother asks Supreme Court to hear case challenging immunity for school officials who abused her daughter
A New Orleans-area mother of a young girl is asking the United States Supreme Court to hear her case challenging a lower court’s decision to shield all violence by public-school officials from constitutional review. In…
Percy Taylor was kept in a Louisiana prison 525 days past his release date. He is not alone in being held beyond his sentence in a Louisiana detention facility. In January 2023, the U.S. Department…
Oakland Activist Sues to Hold Postal Officers Accountable for Illegal Search and Seizure of his Mail
The U.S. Post Office cannot open someone's mail without getting a warrant.
Former Texas Prosecutor Worked as a Law Clerk in His Own Cases, Giving the Government an Unfair Advantage Over Those He Prosecuted
Everybody knows your prosecutor can’t also be your judge. Everyone, that is, except for former Midland County, Texas, prosecutor Ralph Petty, his supervisor, and the county’s entire system of justice. Petty spent 20 years moonlighting…
Victims of Brookside, Alabama's policing abuses filed a class action to affirm that police must act in the interest of justice, not their pocketbooks…
DEA agents took Kermit Warren’s life savings from him when he was traveling to purchase a new truck for his tow truck business. They never charged Kermit with a crime. With IJ’s help, Kermit was…
Tennessee Wildlife officials were caught putting cameras on Terry Rainwaters’ property, ignoring his “No Trespassing” signs. Terry and another rural Tennessee property owner are joining forces with IJ to fight back against the “open fields…
Retired railroad engineer Terry Rolin’s life savings were seized by the government, but he hasn’t been charged with any crime. Now he and his daughter are working with IJ to get his money back and…
Jaba's Amicus Briefs
Berge v. School Committee Of Gloucester, et. al.
1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals
Villarreal v. Laredo (En Banc)
United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
Cerisier v. City of New York
2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals
Leuthauser v. USA
U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit
Rios v. Redding
10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals
New Jersey v. Anderson
Ashaheed v. Currington
10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals
Villarreal v. Laredo