Members of the Supreme Judicial Council to Be Elected Online
The members of the Supreme Judicial from the 11-member parliamentary quota will be elected online. Yesterday, MEPs adopted an unprecedented transparent procedure that will make it possible. For the first time all candidate members of the Supreme Judicial Council (SJC) will be heard out online with simultaneous translation into English so that the authorities in Brussels may follow the procedure. The session will start on September 11 at 10:00 a.m. at a sitting of the legal affairs committee in the plenary hall of the National Assembly. The diplomats have already been invited to attend it.
At the front page of www.parliament.bg there is a link to “Election of members of the Supreme Judicial Council”. Thus one mouse click will be enough to follow the debates. The site was created on the initiative of the legal affairs committee. The election of the new 11 members of the SJC will take place on September 26 and, apart from the site, will be broadcast live by the Bulgarian National TV and the National Radio.
As of yesterday the MPs will be able to submit the proposals for candidatures to the parliamentary registrar office. The term expires July 24. The documents and CVs of the nominees will be made public. Within a two-week term after that the candidates will have to submit their property declarations and the concept of their future work in the SJC.
The rules adopted by Bulgarian MPs also set moral criteria before each candidate: the candidate or his relatives must not have benefitted from his post, must not have had conflict of interests and must have not marred the reputation of the judicial system with his deeds or lack of deeds. The candidate must not have acquired property for which no legal sources has been ascertained - i.e. must not be corrupted and to be able to prove the sources of his incomes; must not have been dismissed for breach of discipline, to have clear criminal record and must not have any legal actions against him. The candidate should also have a good vision of the reforms in the judicial system in Bulgaria.
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