|On May 29, 2003, the Center for the Study of Democracy hosted a round table on Spanish Experience
in Reforming the Judiciary, featuring Mr. Alberto Dorrego, Director
on Modernization of the Judiciary in the Spanish Ministry of Justice.|
Mr. Dorrego introduced the general stages and the
most significant prerequisites for the reform of the judiciary in
Spain and underlined that the basis of this reform was the
achievement of political consensus, manifested in a State Pact on
the Judicial Reform. He pointed out the three basic elements of the Spanish model which guarantee independence and efficiency of the judiciary: legislative
amendments, organizational reforms and reform in the administration
and infrastructure of the judiciary.
Ms. Nelly Koutzkova, Chair of the Sofia District
Court and Member of the Supreme Judicial Council, compared the
processes of reforming the judiciary in Bulgaria and in Spain and
addressed some criticism towards the contents and speed of the
reform in Bulgaria.
Dr. Silvy Chernev, Chair of the Court of Arbitration with the
Bulgarian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, shared his opinion on
the long efforts for reforming the judiciary in Bulgaria and
presented some of the main problems in this field.
Mr. Vladislav Slavov, Chair of the Supreme Administrative Court and of the Union of Bulgarian Jurists, Mr.
Sevdalin Bozhikov, Deputy Minister of Justice and Ms. Ekaterina
Mihailova, Deputy Chair of the Parliamentary Group of the United
Democratic Forces, who underlined the necessity of achieving a
genuine and operative consensus between the political forces,
presented their questions to Mr. Dorrego and their views on the
problems in the reform of the Bulgarian judiciary.
Mr. Joaquin Delgado, Head of Department in the
General Judicial Council in Spain, introduced some more of the
specifics of the Spanish model of judiciary, saying that unlike
Bulgarian, Spanish judges have no immunity against prosecution and
that professional career in the judiciary is the essence of the
Spanish contemporary system.
The round table participants expressed their
unanimous determination for continuing the reform of the judiciary
in Bulgaria despite the inevitable obstacles accompanying this
Agenda of the round table
Discussion: Spanish Experience in Reforming Judiciary: Lessons for Bulgarian Transition
Available in Bulgarian
Full records of the discussion in PDF (301 kb)