The European Commission for Democracy Through Law (the Venice Commission ) has issued a report on the draft Law amending and supplementing the Law on Judicial Power of Bulgaria. as usual, the report is very balanced and written with substantial expertise.
Overall, the report supports the proposed amendments, but considers that the reform should be much more substantial.
An important critique in the report is towards some remaining elements of prosecutors’ powers “typically found in the traditional Soviet-style prokuratura model”. The report also reminds the Venice Commission objection to the fact that 11 members of the Supreme Judicial Council are still elected by Parliament by simple majority. The authors consider that the combination of powers in relation to judges prosecutors and investigators in a single judicial council (such as powers of appointment and discipline) remains problematical.