08/04/2021 Can you entrust COVID with the measures until the cancellation of the elections for the bodies of the Supreme BAR council in the upcoming May?
Is it possible that the COVID crisis and the accompanying health measures will lead to chaos and, in the worst case scenario, to the cancellation of the elections for bodies of the Supreme Bar Council of the Supreme Bar Council in May? This question is asked by one of the candidates for chairman of the body - lawyer. Raina Avramova - who has saw a regulatory gap regarding the organization of the upcoming general meetings of the colleges in the country.
As Legal World wrote, it is expected that on April 24 and 25, 2021, general meetings will be held in colleges for nomination of delegates, which will be included in the forthcoming general meeting of the Bar on May 29 and 30, 2021, on which the elections for a new leadership of the Supreme Bar Council will actually take place. However, the situation turned out to be a stalemate, after in the last order of the Minister of Health the holding of such events, such as the general meeting of the colleges in the country, was banned until April 30. Thus, in practice, it will turn out that later in the General Assembly of the Bar during the elections, some of the colleges will participate with their old delegates from last year, while another part - may have elected new ones, despite the order of the Minister, which seems vague to the guild. It is the latter that hides a serious reason for the subsequent cancellation of the elections and their declaration as irregular.
Lawyer Raina Avramova
However, in order to avoid such problems, Atty. Avramova contacted the Minister of Health Kostadin Angelov with a letter in which she explicitly asked him to specify whether, despite the available order, the general meetings of the colleges for election of delegates are admissible, as far as their holding is enshrined in the Law on Advocacy. "In practice, these meetings are equated to parliamentary elections. I am asking you for your opinion on whether, if general meetings of the 27 bar associations in the country are held, there will be a violation of your order, "the lawyer wrote. Avramova to the Minister.
In this regard, she insists that if Prof. Angelov decides that the general meetings are admissible, then this should be explicitly reflected in his order of March 31, 2021. Given that the general meetings are on the doorstep, she also asks for a decision on the case as a matter of urgency.
Lawyer Avramova's request is already with the Chief Secretary of the Minister, and an opinion on it is being reached expected by Tuesday.