The Judicial Reform Initiative (JRI) consolidates the efforts
of leading not-for-profit organizations, representatives of government
institutions and experts from foreign and international organizations
for developing a program for assistance and successful implementation
of the judicial reform in Bulgaria.
The Initiative was launched in early 1999. The main objective of the Initiative
- a Program for Judicial Reform (PJR) in Bulgaria, based on a set of political
and legislative measures - was successfully achieved. As a result of the
established public-private partnership the main priorities of the PJR
in Bulgaria have been incorporated and further improved in the Strategy
in order to Reform the Judiciary in Bulgaria adopted by the Government
in October 2001 and many reform efforts for implementing the Strategy
have been launched. The UNDP has been involved in this process through
the Project Comprehensive Review of the Administrative Justice System
in Bulgaria aiming to facilitate the establishment of a modern and effective
system of administrative justice.
Taking into consideration the experience accumulated in the
process of its implementation as well as the established public-private
partnership with the Ministry of Justice the CSD Law Program as a Secretariat
of JRI is going to initiate elaboration of a Judicial Anti-corruption
Program (JACP) based on the updated PJR. The JACP will focus on the role
of the Judiciary for preventing and combating corruption. The main objective
of the JACP will be to identify the most important reform areas and to
formulate a set of recommendations and mechanisms for achieving legal
stability and confidence in the Judiciary.
The process of preparation of the Judicial Anti-corruption
Program will consist of the following steps:
1. Forming Task forces for the elaboration of JACP
Task forces each focusing on main action lines of the reform
will be formed as follows:
Experts involved in PJR development, distinguished lawyers,
judges, civil society representatives will be invited as members of the
task forces. A coordinator who will provide overall guidance and
will coordinate the work of the Task forces will be appointed.
2. Preparing draft JACP by task forces experts
JACP will be designed as a background consensus document
that will follow the main action lines as described under section 1. Special
attention will be given on the constitutional reform debate as well as
on the ongoing reform process of administrative law and administrative
justice. In their work the Task forces experts will rely on the expertize
of the main stakeholders as well as on the capacity of the UNDP in anti-corruption
and its recent involvement in the judicial reform process in Bulgaria.
3. Policy Workshop
The initial version of the JACP will be presented and discussed
with experts, representatives of governmental and non-governmental institutions,
international organizations at a Policy Workshop. The conclusions and
recommendations made will be summarized and incorporated in the final
version of the JACP by the Task forces and their coordinator.
4. Policy Forum
Preparing the final version of the JACP as a document based
on the consensus of organizations concerned regarding actions that have
to be undertaken for encouragement and development of anti-corruption
judicial reform. The JACP will be presented at a Policy Forum,
a highly representative event of 100+ participants - members of the Parliament,
the Executive, and the Judiciary, the Supreme Judicial Council, legal
experts, representatives of the international organizations, civil society
and business community.
The Judicial Anti-corruption Program will be published
in Bulgarian and English in 1000 copies each.