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Commenting article: Bulgarian FinMin Labels Judiciary Bonuses Disgusting

Giving bonuses to magistrates is disgusting, according to Bulgaria's Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister, Simeon Djankov.

Speaking Friday in an interview for Nova TV, he stressed the judiciary was the most unreformed and criticized by the European Commission system in the country.

"They know that I am mandated by the law to sign, but on the backdrop of everything in the country and of obvious failures of the justice system, I cannot understand why this is done. I have no means to halt the distribution of these bonuses because the judiciary has a separate budget, however in order to receive something one must prove that they are not only doing a good job, but that they are doing a great job. They must feel some shame and say that they would not accept bonuses this year," Djankov stated.

peterperfect - 8 Dec 2012 // 11:24:11

How does a judge meet targets to be eligible for a bonus? How are the targets set? Are they based on the number of convictions? or, rather, the number of acquittals? A bit bizarre I say.

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