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CEPEJ guidelines – a compilation is now available

The CEPEJ Guidelines provide practical tools to justice professionals in Europe to improve procedural delays, strengthen time management in courts and generally develop further the quality of the services offered to court users. These tools, also relating to access to justice, the execution of court decisions, e-justice and mediation, propose measures that, when implemented, help improve the daily functioning of the justice systems in Europe. The Guidelines are now available electronically, free of charge and free of copyright, on the CEPEJ website.

Compilation of CEPEJ guidelines

Peer’s evaluation mission to Lithuania

On 27 and 28 May 2015 a team of CEPEJ experts visited Lithuania to meet the persons in charge of collecting statistical data for the CEPEJ. On this occasion, they also visited the Regional Court of Vilnius, the District Court of Vilnius and the District court or Trakai region.

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The CEPEJ meets with the Minister of Justice and freedom of Morocco

The Minister of Justice and freedom of Morocco, Mr Mustapha Ramid, as well as the Secretary General of the Ministry of Justice and freedom of Morocco, Mr Abdelilah Lahkim Bennani, met the CEPEJ and representatives of the Office of the Directorate General of Programmes of the Council of Europe on Thursday 12 May 2015 in Rabat. The aim was to discuss the future programme of activities of which CEPEJ may be in charge of in the framework of the Programme to support the reform in the justice sector which the EU is expected to sign shortly with Morocco.

Call for applications for the Council of Europe Prize “Crystal Scales of Justice” for innovative practices contributing to the quality of justice

The Council of Europe is organising the award of the annual Crystal Scales of Justice Prize. It is the 8th time that this prize will be awarded. The aim of the prize is to identify and promote innovative practices regarding the conduct of proceedings, court organisation and the functioning of court systems in general. To be eligible for consideration, the practices nominated must have been implemented recently and they should be easily usable by other States or jurisdictions. Their efficiency must be measurable. The 2015 competition is open to courts, Bar Associations, non-governmental organisations and any other body dealing with judicial affairs in a member State of the Council of Europe or an observer State to the CEPEJ. Applications must meet the eligibility criteria as specified in the Rules of the Prize, and be submitted to the Council of Europe, preferably electronically, by 12 June 2015.
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Turkish Judges and Mediators are starting pilot practices in selected courts in 6 pilot jurisdictions in Turkey to implement mediation practices effectively in civil disputes

A Workshop on Introducing Mediation Pilot Practices and Developing Implementation Plans for Pilot Courts has been organised in Ankara between 27 and 29 April 2015, in the framework of the project entitled "Developing mediation practices in civil disputes in Turkey", which is funded by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) and the Republic of Turkey. Judges, mediators, lawyers, mediation associations, national and international CEPEJ experts and representatives of the Ministry of Justice, the High Council of Judges and Prosecutors, the Union of Turkish Bar Associations, Business Community came together to discuss and develop implementation plans on how to best apply mediation practices in civil disputes in Turkey. After this pilot process in the project, the experience and lessons learnt have been used to identify any changes needed to the institution of mediation in Turkey.
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CEPEJ website of the project "Developing mediation practices in civil disputes in Turkey"

A delegation of CEPEJ experts visited Morocco from 21 to 24 April 2015

A delegation of CEPEJ experts went to Morocco from 21 to 24 April 2015 in the framework of the new South Programme II entitled “Towards strengthened democratic governance in the Southern Mediterranean”, funded by the European Union and implemented by the Council of Europe. An information day about the work of the CEPEJ has been organised for heads of jurisdictions and pilots prosecution authorities; a round table on the enforcement of decisions taken by administrative courts took also place. The CEPEJ delegation also visited three new pilot courts - the Administrative Court of Rabat, the Appeal Court of Rabat and the Commercial Court of Casablanca – where the CEPEJ tools for quality and judicial time management should be put into practice in the coming months.

Launching of the South programme II: the CEPEJ hosted a workshop on the justice reform in the Southern Mediterranean

On the occasion of the launching of the South Programme II, a new project funded by the European Union and implemented by the Council of Europe and entitled: “Towards a strengthened democratic governance in the Southern Mediterranean” on 10 April in Strasbourg, the CEPEJ hosted a workshop on justice reform in the Southern Mediterranean with the participation of representatives of Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Tunisia and the national Palestinian authority.

1st Workshop on the Improvement of Turkish Mediation Legislation (7-8 April 2015, Ankara)

A workshop on the improvement of mediation legislation took place in Ankara on 7-8 April 2015 as part of the project on “Developing Mediation Practices in Civil Disputes in Turkey”. Participants included the main stakeholders, in particular judges, lawyers, representatives of mediation associations, academicians, and representatives of business sector. The first day of the workshop was devoted to the presentation of challenges in the enforcement of mediation legislation in respect of all stakeholders of mediation (lawyers, mediators, judges, and business). Participants also examined the issue of legislative amendments required for the implementation of effective mediation schemes in Turkey. A presentation was made on European mediation legislation, with a particular focus on the French model. On the second day, groups of participants (judges and mediators in one group, and mediation associations and business sector in another) in order to prepare action plans including facilitative measures to be implemented in pilot jurisdictions. The workshop was concluded with group presentations on possible action plans and legislative amendments according to court categories.


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