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The grant will support the Bulgarian Judges Association to initiate and carry out several educational and community outreach programs. A ‘Civic Education’ Program will aim to give high school students hands-on experience in how the judicial system operates and to illustrate how disputes are resolved in a free and democratic society. A ‘Judicial Performance Evaluation’ Program will aim to develop a methodology for inclusion of citizens, along with representatives of other legal professions in the performance evaluation of judges. Under an ‘Institutional Memory Preserved’ Program in-depth interviews will be conducted with retired Supreme Court justices to elucidate problematic areas and further inform the judicial reform. Еqually important, accomplishments of justices, academics and lawyers who abided by high professional standards in the Bulgarian totalitarian society prior to 1989 will be highlighted.
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