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"...MEDEL underlines that restrictions and limitations to the right of professional associations of judges and prosecutors are contrary to the principles of democracy in Europe (see Council of Europe Recommendation CM/Rec(2010)12 on judges: independence, efficiency and responsibilities - 25. Judges should be free to form and join professional organisations whose objectives are to safeguard their independence, protect their interests and promote the rule of law).
MEDEL alerts European institutions on the legislative initiative undertaken and calls to the Bulgarian authorities to ensure that the legislative amendments proposed by the Bill amending and supplementing the Judiciary Act are reversed or withdrawn..."

 

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"... The implementation of the Judiciary Sistem Act adopted on first reading of the Bulgarian Parliament will be prone to impede the free association of magistrates in professional organisations while at the same time might prohibit them from sitting on the governing boards of organisations jointly established with representatives of other legal professions...

 

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European Association of Judges

 

On July 12th a draft bill (No 1727) regarding amendments to the Supreme Court Act was filed to the Polish Parliament. This proposal gives the Minister of Justice the right to remove all current Supreme Court judges and retire them. As of the date of entry into force of this bill the Minister of Justice shall designate judges of the Supreme Court who shall remain in active service.

The European Association of Judges was very recently informed about this draft law that would imply a clear attack against the independence of the Polish Judiciary and an undisputable breach on European standards of Judicial Independence.

The European Association of Judges considers that the present situation in Polish Judiciary represents a methodical demolishing of the fundamental right to an independent court in a manner never seen in any democratic country belonging to the European Union and governed by the Rule of Law. 

The European Association of Judges firmly urges the members of the Sejm to reject this draft bill and appeals to all European Institutions to react against such an infringement on fundamental rules that presided to the foundation of European Union and are enshrined on our common European values.

 

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22 Dec 2016

Season greetings

Dear colleagues and friends,

The Managing Board of the Bulgarian Judges Association wishes you Merry Christmas and a happy and peaceful New Year!

31 Oct 2016

Letter from EAJ

Text of the letter sent by the President of the European Association of Judges (EAC) to the Bulgarian authorities in connection with the requirement for a judge to make a declaration to the Supreme Judicial Council of all  activities, including membership of a professional organization.
The letter was sent to the President of the National Assembly Mrs. Tsetska Tsacheva, Prime Minister Mr. Boyko Borisov and the Minister of Justice Mrs. Catherine Zaharieva.
25 Jul 2014

Study trip

Between 10th and 14th June 2014 a working group of the Bulgarian Judges Associations visited the Kingdom of the Netherlands in order to exchange experiences and best practices on key issues pertaining to the judiciary. The working visit is part of the implementation of the project “Establishing an Еnabling Еnvironment for Independent Judiciary in Bulgaria” funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands.
For the time being the study trip report is available in Bulgarian language only.
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