The Reanimation Package of Reforms is concerned about the lack of transparency of the competition to fill the offices at the new Supreme Court. The coalition experts have stressed that non-transparency negatively affects the trust in the competition. However, the High Qualification Commission of Judges has not published important competition materials so far.
Since April 12, the Public Integrity Council has started to review the information collected about the candidates running for Supreme Court judges according to the criteria of professional ethics and integrity.
Over the given period, the Public Integrity Council has managed to review the information about 109 candidates to the Supreme Court. According to its conclusions, 52 candidates do not meet the necessary criteria. Only 35 candidates raise no doubts as to their integrity and/or professional ethics. This is less than a third of the candidates under review.
The Reanimation Package of Reforms would like to emphasize that formation of bona fide judiciary is one of the key criteria in the selection of judges of both the Supreme Court and other courts.
It is also important to regulate the procedure of conducting and scoring interviews to ensure that the competition is objective and transparent.
Given these facts, the Reanimation Package of Reforms demands that the High Qualification Commission of Judges should ensure transparency and impartiality of interviews, in particular: