Bulgarian Court Honored with 'Crystal Scales of Justice' Prize
The Bulgarian court of Yambol has received the "Crystal Scales of Justice" Prize by the Council of Europe and the European Commission at a ceremony in Ljubljana, Slovenia.
The prestigious award is given on the European Civil Justice Day, 25 October to the winner in a competition to discover and highlight innovative and efficient practices used in European courts.
This concerns cases which, in the opinion of the prize-giving authorities, deserve the particular attention of the political and professional public on the grounds of their contribution to the quality of civil justice.
In previous years, the prize was given either for criminal (2009) or civic justice (2005, 2006 and 2008). 2010 is the first in which the "Crystal Scales of Justice" covers both fields.
The administrative court in Yambol, a city in Southern Bulgaria, won this years prize in the competition of over 50 entries from all around Europe. The three other projects, which reached the final stage of the competition, were from Austria, Finland and Slovenia.
The Bulgarian project is entitled "Everyone Is Equal before the Law But Not Everyone Is Equal before the Language! Understandable and Accessible Court Information for Citizens!" It is designed to help make citizens feel equal in terms of language and before the Law by devising a strategy to ensure that information for the media and citizens is clear and open.
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