LEGAL EXPERTS WILL PROBABLY GET THEIR OVERDUE REMUNERATION FOR CHRISTMAS
The careers of two popular magistrates were axed by the members of the Supreme Judicial Court (SJC). At their regular meeting on December 19, with 11 votes for, 11 against, and 1 abstained, they rejected the proposal of the Supreme Cassation Court (SCC) Chairman Ivan Grigorov for the reappointment of the former UDF deputy Ivan Ivanov Dimov as a judge at the SCC. The former top investigator Bogdan Karayotov was neither reelected as deputy regional prosector of Kurdjali. With 11 votes against and 10 for SJC's members rejected the proposal of Prosecutor General Nikola Filchev for lengthening by a year the labour contract of the retiree Karayotov. However, SJC's spokesman Yordan Ivanov specified that if Mr. Filchev ignores the vote and keeps Karayotov on the position till January 20, 2002, his labour contract would be automatically turned into a termless one. SJC's spokesman could not explain this discrepancy between the law for the judiciary and the Labour Code. He simply advised the puzzled representatives of the mass media to read the Labour Code.By contrast with Dimov's and Karayotov's bad luck, Nadezhda Doichinova (until now head of President Peter Stoyanov's office) was fortunate. Although she has already reached pension age and does not have the required length of professional service for the position of a prosecutor at the Supreme Administrative Prosecuitor's Office, her candidacy was approved by 14 votes for and 8 against. More important than these appointments and reappointments, however (as the spokesman Yordan Ivanov noted as well), was the principal decision made by the SJC for paying off at least part of its numerous debts instead of distributing to the magistrates the traditional for each year-end material incentives of about BGL100-200. The legal experts, to which the judiciary owes more than BGL2MN, will probably rejoice at this news.