New Constitutional Amendment Bill to Be Submitted on Friday, Supported by 180 MPs

New Constitutional Amendment Bill to Be Submitted on Friday, Supported by 180 MPs

All parliamentary forces except for BSP-Left Bulgaria and Ataka will stand behind a new bill to amend the Constitution for the purposes of the judicial reform. The new bill is expected to be submitted to the National Assembly on Friday, signed by 180 lawmakers out of a total of240. This transpired after Prime Minister Boyko Borissov met with the leaders of the parliamentary parties on Thursday.
The new bill will include three main points on which there is general consensus: dividing the Supreme Judicial Council (SJC) into a college of prosecutors and a college of judges; introducing direct election of SJC members by the judiciary; and authorizing the SJC Inspectorate to check the assets of judicial officers and monitor them for possible conflicts of interest, Reformist Bloc Co-Floor Leader Radan Kanev explained.
According to Kanev, the new bill will also include an item about entitling the Supreme Bar Council to file limited-format alerts to the Constitutional Court.
Regarding the controversial issues about the powers of the two SJC colleges in relation to the powers of the SJC Plenum and about the ratios between the parliamentary quota and the judiciary quota for the members of the two colleges, the new bill will keep the provisions proposed in the original bill on the assumption that the Constitutional Court will be approached on both issues and then the second-reading vote on the bill will take into account the judgment of the Constitutional Court.

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