The Supreme Judicial Council (SJC) is a permanent body representing the Judiciary and securing its independence. It shall set the composition and work organisation of the Judiciary and manage its business without interfering with the independence of the bodies thereof.

The SJC consists of 25 members. 11 of them are elected by the parliamentary quota and 11 by the professional quota, which is divided into the following sub quotas: judges (6 members), prosecutors (4 members) and investigators (1 member). The President of the Supreme Court of Cassation, the President of the Supreme Administrative Court, and the Prosecutor General are ex officio members of the Council. The elected members of the SJC shall serve a term of five years. They may not be re-elected immediately upon expiration of the said term.

Eligibility for the 22 non-ex officio members of the SJC is limited to jurists of high professional standing and moral integrity who have practised law for at least 15 years.

The meetings of the Council are presided over by the Minister of Justice, who attends the meetings in a non-voting capacity. The Council is divided into several permanent commissions. At present, there are 11 commissions into the Council. More information about the structure of the Council and its functions is available under section “Documents”: Constitution of the Republic of Bulgaria and Judiciary System Act.

Official website of the SJC:

The TJAI covered the key elections of new SJC held in September, 2012. You may find more details about the procedure and the related profiles here, available in Bulgarian. BILI was also the NGO to organize for the first time in Bulgaria online hearings of the nominees from the professional quota. For more details you can reach us at