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25 September 2012

Policy Briefing and Presentation: Public Trust in Criminal Justice

On February 23, 2012, the Center for the Study of Democracy organized a presentation of a report on the Public Trust in Criminal Justice. The authors presented their analysis of the study results on the public trust in the police and courts, the public perceptions of the level of corruption in these institutions and the subjective perceptions of fear of crime in Bulgaria.

Dr. Maria Yordanova, Center for the Study of Democracy’s Law Program Director, made the opening remarks noting the significance of the public trust in justice system measurement in Bulgaria as part of the European Social Survey covering some 30 countries.

Prof. Alexander Stoyanov, Director of Research and Dr. Todor Galev, Senior Analyst at the Economic Program of the Center presented the survey results and analyzed the using of public trust in justice as a tool for evidence based policies in Europe and the following conclusions and recommendations for Bulgaria.

Mr. Dimitar Markov, Senior Analyst at the Law Program of the Center for the Study of Democracy outlined the low public and institutional trust as consequences of the unsuccessful judicial reform in Bulgaria.