The investigation bodies in Bulgaria are the National Investigation Services (NIS), the regional investigation departments and the investigation department at the specialised prosecution office. Specialised departments for investigation on cases of particular factual and legal complexity, on cases for crimes committed abroad, on requests for legal aid, as well as for investigation on cases in other circumstances, as provided for by law are created at the NIS.  NIS shall be managed by the Prosecutor General directly or through Director (Head of the National Investigative Services).

The Head of the National Investigative Services (NIS) carries a term of 5 years with possibility of reelection. Appointed by the Supreme Judicial Council, he is also the Prosecutor General's deputy in investigations by law. The Director provides administrative and organisational direction to the investigating magistrates and officers at NIS, as well as methodological guidance to the investigating magistrates from regional investigation departments at regional prosecution offices

For Head of the NIS shall be elected magistrate (judge, prosecutor or investigator) with at least 12 years of service, high professional and moral qualities and a positive overall score "very good" or "good" from his/her  last periodic evaluation. Nominations for the post can be made by no less than one-fifth of Supreme Judicial Council members, as well as by the Minister of Justice.

Official website of the National Investigative Services: http://www.nsls.justice.bg/

On November 1, the former Head of NIS Boyko Naidenov was reelected by the SJC for another mandate. BILI prepared profiles of the two nominees for the post – Boyko Naidenov and Evgeni Dikov, prosecutor at the Supreme Prosecution Office of Cassation. You may see the full profiles in Bulgarian here For more details you can reach us at: contacts@judicialprofiles.bg