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Public discussion on the Draft Law on the Amendments to the Law on the Judiciary


On January 31, 2002, the Center for the Study of Democracy along with the American Bar Association / Central and East European Law Initiative jointly organized a public discussion on the Draft Law on the Amendments to the Law on the Judiciary, prepared by a task force to the Ministry of Justice.

Dr. Maria Yordanova, Head of the CSD Law Program, opened the discussion. Mr. Sevdalin Bozhikov, Deputy Minister of Justice, presented the draft law and the amendments stating reasons for the necessity of their adoption.

MPs, experts, representatives of the judiciary and organizations that participate in the Judicial Reform Initiative, and other non-governmental organizations that represent the legal community took part in the discussion that followed.

Ms. Nelly Koutzkova, Chair of the Sofia District Court and Member of the Supreme Judicial Council, and Ms. Kapka Kostova, Chair of the Sofia Regional Court and the Association of Judges in Bulgaria, expressed their opinion and presented the statement of the Association of Judges, where concrete suggestions and recommendations are proposed. Mr. Roumen Georgiev introduced the opinion of the Chamber of Investigators. Judge Malina Mihailova from the Supreme Administrative Court suggested amendments to be incorporated in the draft.

Ms. Ljubka Ilieva
and Mr. Roumen Nenkov, Judges at the Supreme Court of Cassation, Mr. Alexander Arabadjiev, MP, Prof. Vassil Mruchkov, Chair of the Consultative Legislative Council at the National Assembly, prof. Ekaterina Trendafilova, a law lecturer at the Sofia University and Chair of Modern Criminal Justice Foundation, Mr. Dragomir Yordanov, Director of the Magistrate Training Center also expressed their opinions and made suggestions. Ms. Doushana Zdravkova, Chair of the Varna District Court compared the amendments to the Law on the Judiciary to the recommendations in the 2001 European Commission Report for Bulgaria.

Ms. Miglena Tacheva, Deputy Minister of Justice, summarized the discussion and underlined that the professional public debate on the draft law still remains open.

Available in Bulgarian
Full records of the discussion in PDF (395 kb)

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