Lozan Panov Elected as Bulgaria’s Top Judge
Bulgaria’s Supreme Judicial Council on Thursday elected Lozan Panov as chairman of the Supreme Court of Cassation.
Panov was elected in a 17-6 vote with no abstentions in the Supreme Judicial Council known by its Bulgarian acronym VSS.
The justice system needs a comprehensive reform, Panov said after being elected for a seven-year term.
During the hearing prior to his election Panov said that Bulgaria’s justice system and VKS in particular should increase the transparency of their decisions and step up the dialogue with the public to improve their image.
Under Bulgaria's constitution, the Supreme Court of Cassation, or VKS in Bulgarian, is the top judicial institution in civil and criminal cases in the country. It is comprised of 85 judges, each having more than 15 years of experience in judicial affairs.
The head of the Supreme Court of Cassation is one of the ‘Big Three’ in Bulgaria’s judicial system alongside the chair of the Supreme Administrative Court and the Chief Prosecutor.
When a matter of constitutionality is raised for consideration, VKS may refer it to the Constitutional Court.
In Thursday's vote, six VSS members backed the nomination of VKS Deputy Chair Pavlina Panova, the other contender for the top post.
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