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Report on Bulgaria

  • Aneta Petrova
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Part of the Legal Studies in International, European and Comparative Criminal Law book series (LSCL, volume 2)

Abstract

In this chapter, I will first discuss the Bulgarian criminal justice system and provide an introductive assessment of the third CCP (The last revision was completed in 2005, Penal Procedure Code of the Republic of Bulgaria 2005, State newspaper 86/28.10.2005. It is subject to legislative amendments (most recently in 2014)) and then explore to what extent a defendant’s absence can affect the procedural integrity. In order to fully understand in absentia judgements in Bulgaria, it is necessary to briefly explain the jurisdiction status.

This chapter considers an aspect of personal participation in criminal proceedings—in absentia judgments in Bulgaria—and analyses under which circumstances defendants are prosecuted and convicted without any—or insufficient—regard to article 55 CCP.

A complete enquiry on personal participation in criminal proceedings would also require a detailed analysis of extraterritorial prescriptive, enforcement and adjudicative jurisdiction. In this chapter, however, I will only examine the applications of personal participation in criminal proceedings in Bulgaria.

Keywords

Trials in absentia Bulgarian criminal justice Participatory rights Effective representation European policy framework 

Abbreviations

CCP

Code of Criminal Procedure of the Republic of Bulgaria

EAW

European Arrest Warrant

ECHR

European Convention for Human Rights

ECtHR

European Court of Human Rights

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Aneta Petrova
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  1. 1.BleiwäscheGermany

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