Bulgaria’s parliament began its first ever public hearings of candidates for its top judicial body, the Supreme Judicial Council (SJC), in a bid for transparency in the judiciary.
The election of a new 25-member SJC, which will be in charge of all further appointments in the judiciary over the next five years including a chief prosecutor shortly, is closely monitored by the European Commission.
Parliament announced it began hearing 17 candidates on Tuesday. It will pick 11 to join the SJC. The judges associations will hear 34 more candidates to fill 11 other seats, with the chief prosecutor and the chiefs of the country's supreme appeals and administrative courts appointing the remaining three SJC members.