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CEPEJ actively supports pilot courts from the Republic of Moldova to improve their efficiency

On 20 October 2016, in Strasbourg, representatives of the pilot courts, of the Superior Council of Magistrates, the Ministry of Justice, and the National Institute of Justice will be presented the Guide for the implementation of selected CEPEJ tools in the courts of the Republic of Moldova, specially designed by CEPEJ experts on the basis of the results reached so far by the on-going court coaching programme. The national partners will present the progress and challenges encountered by the pilot courts in implementation of the “SATURN priorities”. The Moldovan delegation will be also acquainted with the CEPEJ 2016 Report “European judicial systems - Efficiency and quality of justice”, including the main findings in regard to the Republic of Moldova, and the CEPEJ-STAT - a new interactive database of European judicial statistics. The Project "Strengthening the efficiency of justice and support to lawyer’s profession in the Republic of Moldova" is part of the CoE/EU Eastern Partnership Programmatic Cooperation Framework 2015-2017, is financed by the European Union and implemented by the Council of Europe.

16 countries participate in the Open House organised by the Notaries of Europe in the framework of the European Day of justice

For 2016, the Council of the Notariats of the European Union (CNUE) wishes to make a significant contribution by organising the first edition of the open days of the “Notaries of Europe” which will take place around the European day of Justice (25 October 2016). The programme includes information sessions, conferences, free consultations in 16 member States of the Council of Europe and the European Union for the public. In total, nearly 200 events will be held and thousands of people will participate in these events. The list of events organised at the initiative of member States can also be consulted on the CEPEJ website.

More information on the events on the website of the Council of Notariats of the European Union
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Improving the case-management system in Greece

A team including the CEPEJ experts, the Steering Committee on Legal Co-operation (CDCJ), and the Consultative Council of Europe Judges (CCJE) made a visit to Greece from 17 to 19 October 2016. The purpose of the visit was to assist the Greek authorities in introducing an improved case-management system in order to ensure that the Greek administrative courts introduce - without delays - judicial appeals against decisions rejecting claims regarding the right of asylum, or against removal orders from the Greek territory. In particular, the team looked at procedural rules (application and appeals), and to ways to improve the efficiency of administrative courts. In this regard special emphasis has been given to the prevention of excessive length of proceedings through the CEPEJ-SATURN instruments on judicial time management, including better monitoring of data, analysis and information by the courts, and analysis of possible structural measures that apply across the court administrative system.

Meeting of the working group on evaluaton of the functioning of judicial systems

The meeting of the Working group on evaluation of the functioning of judicial systems took place in Strasbourg on 18 and 19 October 2016. The members discussed the impact of the publication of the last report published on 6 October 2016. The group also launched the 2016-2018 evaluation cycle.



Publication of the report of the CEPEJ evaluating the European judicial systems – public access to the CEPEJ database CEPEJ-STAT

Paris, 06.10.2016 – With a report and a new interactive database, the CEPEJ-STAT, both of which are available to the public, the European Commission for the Efficiency of Justice (CEPEJ) of the Council of Europe publishes today it findings as regards the main trends observed in 45 European countries in the field of the functioning of judicial systems. The report provides a detailed picture of the performance of the judicial systems, their budgets, the situation as regards judges, prosecutors and lawyers, and the organisation of courts in the 45 participating member States and in one CEPEJ observer State (Israel). The report and the database constitute a reference point for all policy makers and justice professionals, to be used when developing public policies on the organisation of judicial systems. They are complemented by a new comprehensive thematic report devoted to the use of information technologies in courts.

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Strengthening the effectiveness and quality of justice in Albania - launching visit of a new project (“SEJ II”) on 14 and 15 September 2016

Representatives of the CEPEJ from the Justice and Legal Cooperation Department of the Council of Europe visited Albania (Tirana) and had a meeting 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 Council of Europe/European Union Joint Programme entitled “Horizontal facility for the Western Balkans and Turkey".

Inception mission in the framework of the Project "Horizontal facility for Western Balkans and Turkey" in Kosovo* on 6 and 7 September 2016

A team from the CEPEJ Secretariat visited Kosovo* (Pristina) to launch the new project entitled "Strengthening the effectiveness and quality of justice in Kosovo*", which is part of the programme entitled "Horizontal Facility for the Western Balkans and Turkey", funded by the European Union and implemented by the Council of Europe. The team had a meeting with the key project partners (Minister of Justice, Council of Justice, Court Presidents), as well as with international actors, to discuss the activities that will be implemented as part of this new project.
* All reference to Kosovo, whether the territory, institutions or population, in this text shall be understood in full compliance with United Nations Security Council Resolution 1244 and without prejudice to the status of Kosovo

The CEPEJ Innovation Centre : a platform for exchanging good practices

The CEPEJ wishes to establish a platform for exchanging best practices, or innovative practices, in European courts, so as to improve their functioning. The CEPEJ invites, in particular the members of its Network of Pilot Courts, to forward to the Secretariat, no later than 15 September 2016, examples of good practices and/or innovative practices that are applied in the courts. Courts wishing to contribute to this dynamic initiative are requested to complete the attached form in English or in French.
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