Major shortcomings and challenges remain in terms of legislative framework and practice related to disciplinary liability of judges, among others:

  • High Council of Justice holds sessions on disciplinary liability of judges with insufficient frequency;
  • Appointment procedure of an independent inspector is still flawed;
  • The legislative framework does not envisage publication of independent inspector’s conclusions without identification data, nor are the conclusions accessible to public upon public information requests;
  • Decisions rendered by the High Council of Justice on bringing disciplinary charges against judges are not published;
  • According to the legislation in force, it is possible that two panel members out of total number of 5 (provided that the panel session is attended by 3 members) can still impose disciplinary liability and sanction on a judge.