The new members of the Bulgarian Supreme Judicial Council (SJC) took their oaths of office on the 3rd of October 2017 in a ceremony at the Palace of Justice in Sofia. The 22 new members who were elected by the magistrates (judges, prosecutors and investigators) and the Parliament will serve a five-year term, in addition to the three ex-officio members of the Council – the heads of the Supreme Court of Cassation and the Supreme Administrative Court and the Prosecutor General.
In May and June 2017, as a result of the General Meetings of Judges, Prosecutors and Investigators, the members of the professional quota of the new Supreme Judicial Council (six judges, four prosecutors and one investigator) were elected in a procedure of direct elections by their colleagues, a procedure which is applied for the first time. In September the members of the SJC from the quota of the National Assembly were elected: respectively six members of the Judges' College and five members of the Prosecutors' College. This is the 8th composition of the SJC and at their first meeting, on the 3rd of October 2017, the new members of the SJC elected the new Representative of the Council – Mr Boyan Magadalinchev, who until his election as SJC Member served as Vice-president of the Supreme Administrative Court. The Minister of Justice is not a member of the SJC but chairs the Council’s weekly meetings.