Legal needs in Bulgaria: A study of justiciable events

Authored by Martin Gramatikov, published in 2010 by Open Society Institute Sofia Legal needs in Bulgaria: A study of justiciable events

There is growing mistrust with civil law and administrative law in the justice system as official mechanisms for resolving legal disputes aren’t efficient enough.

The factors that are connected with the risk of having a legal problem are numerous. One of the main conclusions is that in more than a quarter of the cases, the parties to the dispute do not do anything to resolve the problems. In cases where a resolution is actively sought, the parties often resort to assistance by state or municipal authorities. The access to legal aid, and in particular to specialized legal aid, is very restricted. Huge part of the legal disputes remains unsettled/unresolved. As a consequence, the citizens, and the society as a whole, suffer considerable damages in the sense of stress, loss of money and time. The experience with civil law and administrative law problems leads to growing mistrust in the justice system. The overall conclusion is that the official mechanisms for resolving of legal disputes are not efficient enough, while the alternative mechanisms are practically missing.

Legal needs in Bulgaria: A study of justiciable events (Bulgarian language)