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1 BULGARIA Resourcing the Judiciary for Performance & Accountability 2008 Judicial Public Expenditure & Institutional Review A Presentation of the World Bank Amit Mukherjee Sofia: October 7, 2008

2 Judiciary budget resources have steadily increased

3 So have staffing & salary levels

4 But only modest improvement in courts efficiency…

5 …and wide variation in average caseloads Average monthly caseload per judge and average monthly case disposition rate by type of court (2006)

6 Relative number of judges and premises comparatively higher

7 Judicial budget per capita is in line with per capita incomes

8 But exploding demand for civil and administrative cases

9 Accelerating and sustaining change Performance Framework with Objectives and Results Indicators Performance Framework with Objectives and Results Indicators Administrative Actions Administrative Actions Legislative Actions Legislative Actions

10 PERFORMANCE FRAMEWORK FOR THE JUDICIARY: EXAMPLE VISION: To Build a Judiciary That is Efficient, Transparent, Professional & Worthy of Public Trust & Confidence Theme Priority Outcome or Objective Baseline2008 Results by Dec 31, 2009 Results by Dec 31, 2010 Results by Dec 31, 2011 Description: Perf. Indicator: Cost: quantitative or qualitative description Action or output: How verified: Responsible unit: Action or output: How verified: Responsible unit: Action or output How verified: Resp. unit: A. Expenditure Category 1 : Wages and Salaries (i.e. personnel expenditures) B. Expenditure Category 2 : Other Operations and Maintenance C. Expenditure Category 3 : Capital Outlays D. Justice Sector Governance and Management Governance 1. Efficiency 2. Public trust 3. Transparency 1. Case backlog 2. Survey results 3. % of decisions published Budget Management Realistic Budgeting Procurement 1. Efficiency 2. Transparency Unit prices published

11 Administrative actions - 1 Strengthening strategic planning Strengthening strategic planning –Intensive collaboration between actors –Resource inputs to most increase efficiency –Linking budgets to performance –Central review of staffing & pay –Improved budget preparation guidelines => SJC leadership is critical

12 Administrative actions - 2 Budgeting for higher medium-term capital needs will require: Budgeting for higher medium-term capital needs will require: –Multi-annual approach –Realistic estimate of facilities needs –Prioritization of capital needs –Strengthen capacity for capital budget preparfation and execution –Link between capital needs/budget and expected performance improvements

13 Administrative actions - 3 IT for performance and transparency: IT for performance and transparency: –Complete four key application systems –Update and cost the IT strategy –Establish standards for consistency in business processes and technology –Strengthen IT-related institutional capacity in MoJ and judiciary –Address issue of low pay for IT staff –Videoconferencing to increase efficiency? => Leadership from SJC and MOJ

14 Address demand-side challenges Businesses: strengthen legal framework for insolvency Businesses: strengthen legal framework for insolvency Low-income and vulnerable citizens: ensure access to justice Low-income and vulnerable citizens: ensure access to justice –Strengthen legal aid arrangements –Strengthen access to speedy enforcement of decisions in cases decided in favor of vulnerable citizens –Track and report on such access Annual feedback from citizens and firms on actual experience with & perceptions of judiciary Annual feedback from citizens and firms on actual experience with & perceptions of judiciary –SJC could commission independent annual surveys, publish results –Credible method to track judicial reform results & impact –World Bank-EBRD BEEPS survey could serve as a model: data for 2001, 2003 and 2005 already available, 2008 survey under way

15 Sofia Regional Court & Prosecutors Sofia symbolizes the challenges in designing, sequencing, coordinating and implementing judicial reform Sofia symbolizes the challenges in designing, sequencing, coordinating and implementing judicial reform Demand: 13% of all cases; 20% of total backlog Demand: 13% of all cases; 20% of total backlog Resources: 1% of judiciary budget Resources: 1% of judiciary budget Result: lowest case completion rate Result: lowest case completion rate Prosecutors: Case overload, too little attention to important cases – no results. Prosecutors: Case overload, too little attention to important cases – no results. => Sofia Court and prosecutors must be part of the solution!

16 Legislative actions Strengthen judiciary own revenues Strengthen judiciary own revenues –Review and change/increase court fees for identified categories of small-value but high-volume cases that contribute most to case inflow and case backlog Modernize legal framework for insolvency and juvenile justice (and institutional arrangements) Modernize legal framework for insolvency and juvenile justice (and institutional arrangements)

17 Thank You!! Questions/information? Please contact: Questions/information? Please contact: –Amit Mukherjee –Stella Ilieva Phone: Useful websites: Useful websites: –http://www.worldbank.bg –http://www.worldbank.org/eca/econ –http://www.worldbank.org/lji


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