Employing the conceptual framework of Weber as interpreted and adapted by Schmidhauser, this article focuses on problems associated with creating an independent judiciary in a transitional society. This information came from a series of in-depth interviews conducted with Bulgarian legal professionals and politicians, through media reports, and from available court opinions. Indicators of problems associated with judicial independence included parliamentary interference with the selection of judges, an attempt by the Council of Misters to impose budgetary constraints upon the judiciary, an attempt by parliament to limit the tenure of judicial officials, and finally, au attempt by the government to evict the Constitutional Court from its quarters.

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