The European Commission for the Efficiency of Justice

European Union / Council of Europe joint programme “Horizontal Facility for the Western Balkans and Turkey”, Theme I: Ensuring Justice, Project “Strengthening the Quality and Efficiency of Justice in Albania*” (SEJ 2)


1st July 2016- 31 June 2018

 

Overall objective

 

The Action aims at implementing recommendations stemming from the previous project (SEJ) to improve further the efficiency and the quality of the public service of justice delivered to the Albanian citizens by the court system in accordance with European standards and in the context of the on-going reform process of the judiciary.

 

Specific objective

 

The first specific objective is to enhance the efficiency of the justice system on judicial statistics and improve time management with:


- Additional support to enhance the capacity of beneficiaries to improve the collection and analysis of reliable statistical data for policy making in accordance with CEPEJ methodology and tools, in particular the SATURN Guidelines;
- The implementation of priority recommendations made in SEJ Court Coaching Programmes with practical and targeted projects, particularly on judicial time management, within selected courts;
- Support to the School of Magistrates for the development of new curricula for judicial and administrative staff;
- Targeted contributions, when requested, to the justice reform in Albania by assisting the interlocutors throughout its implementation.

The second specific objective is to further enhance the quality of service by courts, with:

- Court Coaching Programmes in view of building the capacity of courts to deliver a better justice service in accordance with CEPEJ quality tools such as the quality checklist and users’satisfaction surveys.
- Support to the School of Magistrates for the development of new curricula to include topics on the quality of justice;

 

Main beneficiaries and partners

 

Ministry of Justice, High Council of Justice, Judicial Inspectorate, Courts, School of Magistrates, Office for the Administration of the Judicial Budget, Office of the Prosecutor General

 

News

 

SEJ II is supporting the preparation of the new judicial map in Albania

In the framework of the Programme entitled “Strengthening the Efficiency and Quality of Justice in Albania” (SEJ II), a seminar and bilateral meetings were organised on 4-5 May 2017 in Tirana on current developments concerning the preparation of a new judicial map in Albania and were led by a CEPEJ international expert, Mr. Fabio Bartolomeo. Mr Bartolomeo presented the CEPEJ methodology according to the CEPEJ Revised Guidelines on the Creation of Judicial Maps to Support Access to Justice within a Quality Judicial System. On the basis of the mentioned statistics and information that are being collected currently according to the relevant CEPEJ indicators, Mr Bartholomeo will prepare a report which will include notably an evaluation of the current judicial map and will suggest concrete recommendations to ensure that the future judicial map will improve the efficiency and quality of the work of courts. This shall be discussed with beneficiaries in this next mission in autumn to support the next steps of this important process in the judicial reform in Albania.


Seminar to build a positive relationship between the judiciary and the media

A seminar and meetings were held on 26 April 2017 to support “a positive relationship between justice and media in the context of the justice reform” using CEPEJ tools and methodology. Following their first visit under the SEJ project, 2 CEPEJ international experts, Mr. Gerhard Reissner (former President of the Consultative Council of European Judges (CCJE) and judge in Austria) and Mr. Cédric Visart de Bocarmé (former President of the Consultative Council of European Prosecutors (CCPE) and prosecutor in Belgium) led fruitful discussions with main beneficiaries and partners. These included the Ministry of Justice, the High Court of Albania, the General Prosecution Office, the High Council of Justice and EURALIUS. A meeting was also organised with media representatives and presidents of several courts at the Appeal Administrative Court to identify and discuss measures on how media and justice could improve their collaboration. In light of relevant Opinions of the CCJE and CCPE, and the CEPEJ guidelines on access to justice and court transparency, the purpose of this activity was to address new media laws impacting the justice system which are stemming from the current reform, such as establishing a media judge and media prosecutor in each court and prosecutorial office, and to seek measures to improve the efficiency and the quality of justice. Possible follow-up activities were identified and notably, working with court presidents, with training activities, to improve transparency, access to justice and strengthen the relationship between the two.


Cooperation with the School of Magistrates and other partners on updating its curricula
Roundtables were held on 27-28 April 2017 between a CEPEJ expert, Mr. Cédric Visart de Bocarmé, the School of Magistrates, and its Working Groups on training for chancellors, and for legal assistants and legal advisors, as well as key international partners to initiate a working process to ensure that the curricula of the School of Magistrates will be updated in accordance with CEPEJ tools and methodology. With the support of national CEPEJ consultants, Mr Visart de Bocarmé met with USAID, OSCE and Euralius, who are also working in this area in Albania to agree on a collaborative working method on the basis of existing synergies and complementary areas of expertise. The CEPEJ will continue to provide direct assistance to the School of Magistrates to improve its curricula and this in full cooperation with international partners to ensure the inclusion of CEPEJ tools and methodology.

SEJ II : 27-30 March 2017 - Court Coaching Activities in 10 courts around Albania

In the framework of the EU/CoE Joint “Horizontal Facility for Western Balkans and Turkey” and its project in the field of Justice on “Strengthening the Quality and Efficiency of Justice in Albania” (SEJ II) which is being implemented by the CEPEJ, a CEPEJ team composed of 4 international experts and 2 national consultants will visit 10 selected pilot courts around the country, on 27-30 March 2017, to follow-up on the work carried out in the first phase of the project under the SEJ (January 2014 – June 2016). Under the SEJ II, the purpose of court coaching activities will be to implement concrete measures to improve the daily work of court managers and staff, taking due account of the new environment stemming from the justice reform. In accordance with expressed needs by beneficiaries, means to improve the collection, analysis and management of judicial statistics as well as to improve the internal functioning of courts and reduce the backlog for example, will be discussed by the CEPEJ team, Court Presidents and Chancellors. This will lead to the future development of concrete court coaching projects in these areas, using relevant CEPEJ tools and methodology to improve the efficiency and quality of justice at court level. The outcome of this activity will be shared with other courts across Albania in the future SEJ II activities and with key beneficiaries.
Agenda

 

 

CEPEJ mission to Tirana on ITC systems of courts and judicial data collection

A team of CEPEJ experts went to Tirana (Albania) from 23 to 26 January 2017 to study the computerised courts systems as well as the processes for collecting judicial data in the framework of the evaluation exercise of judicial systems by the CEPEJ. An action plan and online dashboards with tools developed by the CEPEJ will be drawn up on this basis.

Programme

 

 

Launching visit of the project SEJ II - Strengthening the effectiveness and quality of justice in Albania on 14 and 15 September 2016
Members of the Judicial and Legal Cooperation Service of the CEPEJ visited Albania (Tirana) to meet with the Minister of Justice, Mr Ylli Manjani, the Chief Inspector of the High Council of Justice, Ms Marsida Xhaferllari, the President of the Supreme Court, Mr Xhezair Zaganjori, the Head of the School of Magistrates, Mr Sokol Sadushi and the Head of the Delegation of the European Union in Albania, as well as representatives of USAID and OSCE. This visit opened up discussions about the activities that will be implemented as part of this new project funded by the European Union and implemented by the Council of Europe, which is part of the joint program EU / CoE entitled “Horizontal facility for Western Balkans and Turkey".
Programme

 


 

Translated CEPEJ Documents

 

Measuring the quality of justice / Matja e cilėsisė sė drejtėsisė

Checklist for promoting the quality of justice and the courts - Listė kontrolli pėr promovimin e cilėsisė sė drejtėsisė dhe gjykatave

SATURN revised guidelines for judicial time management - Grupi Drejtues i Qendrės SATURN pėr menaxhimin e kohės gjyqėsore (CEPEJ-SATURN) - UDHĖZIMET E RISHIKUARA TĖ SATURN-it PĖR MENAXHIMIN E KOHĖS GJYQĖSORE

Handbook for conducting satisfaction surveys aimed at Court users in Council of Europe's member States

KOMISIONI EVROPIAN PЁR EFIKASITETIN E DREJTЁSISЁ (CEPEJ) - MANUAL PĖR ZHVILLIMIN E SONDAZHEVE MBI NIVELIN E KĖNAQSHMĖRISĖ SĖ PЁRDORUESVE TĖ GJYKATAVE NЁ SHTETET ANЁTARE TЁ KЁSHILLIT TЁ EVROP

Councils for Judiciary in EU Countries

Time management checklist

 

Contacts

Council of Europe in Strasbourg: cepej@coe.int and/or Stéphanie Burel, Project coordinator at the CEPEJ

 

Council of Europe office in Tirana: informtirana@coe.int

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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