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The news... (19/07/2016)


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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Consolidation of the training on court management in Azerbaijan and in the Republic of Moldova

A workshop devoted to court management training was held on 27-28 June 2016 in Chisinau, in the Republic of Moldova. Managers and trainers, representing the Justice Academy of Azerbaijan and the National Institute of Justice of the Republic of Moldova, took an active part in the discussions on the training needs and the way to develop and introduce sustainable courses on efficient court management, including the relevant tools of the CEPEJ. Both judicial training institutions are committed to implement, by the end of 2016, training courses on judicial management for judges and court staff, in order to improve the efficiency and the quality of justice as a public service. This activity was carried out within the Projects "Support to Increased Efficiency of Courts, Improved Training of Judges and Judicial Self-governance in Azerbaijan" and "Strengthening the efficiency of justice and support to lawyer’s profession in the Republic of Moldova", which are both part of the CoE/EU Eastern Partnership Programmatic Cooperation Framework 2015-2017, financed by the European Union and implemented by the Council of Europe.
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Working Group meeting on conducting satisfaction surveys in the CEPEJ pilot courts of Azerbaijan

On 21-22 June 2016, a Working Group meeting on conducting satisfaction surveys in the CEPEJ pilot courts of Azerbaijan was held in Baku. Representatives of 5 CEPEJ pilot courts took part. These courts will autonomously implement satisfaction surveys by the end of the year. Representatives of the Ministry of Justice, the Judicial Legal Council, the Justice Academy, as well as national consultants, also took part in the consultations. Together with the CEPEJ experts and a representative of the State Statistical Committee of Azerbaijan, the participants conducted a thorough examination of different aspects of implementing satisfaction surveys in courts, including the surveys’ objectives and methodologies in respect of different target groups (such as lawyers, staff and users). The CEPEJ experts highlighted the challenges of conducting satisfaction surveys at court level, and also provided advice on how to overcome them, based on their experience and on the best practices collected by CEPEJ. This activity was carried out within the Project entitled "Support to Increased Efficiency of Courts, Improved Training of Judges and Judicial Self-governance in Azerbaijan", which is part of the CoE/EU Eastern Partnership Programmatic Cooperation Framework 2015-2017, financed by the European Union and implemented by the Council of Europe.
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Plenary CEPEJ meeting

 

The 27th CEPEJ plenary meeting took place on 30 June and 1 July. The meeting essentially focused on the adoption of the reports of the 2014-2016 evaluation cycle on the functioning of the European judicial systems, for which the publication is scheduled on 6 October 2016.

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"Training of Trainers" in mediation practices in Ankara

A training session on teaching mediation practices was held in Ankara from 6 to 8 June 2016. It was led by two experts of the CEPEJ, accompanied by two professional experts. During the three day programme, participants had the opportunity to simulate mediation practices, to become familiar with the key elements of effective mediation, and to learn how to use several practical tools to train future Turkish mediators themselves. Meanwhile, the CEPEJ experts and the consultants were able to offer their recommendations on the mediators’ training curriculum, which is in the process of being developed and drafted, in line with European standards and in particular with the "CEPEJ Guidelines for a better implementation of the existing recommendation concerning family mediation and mediation in civil matters". This activity was organised within the framework of the cooperation programme between Turkey and the CEPEJ, entitled "“Developing Mediation Practices in Civil Disputes in Turkey” between the Republic of Turkey and the CEPEJ, and funded by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) and Turkey.
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Efficiency and quality of justice - study visits to Estonia, Slovenia and Croatia

Two study visits on efficiency and quality of justice for representatives of the CEPEJ pilot courts and justice stakeholders from Azerbaijan and the Republic of Moldova took place on 9-12 May 2016 (Estonia) and 24-26 May (Slovenia and Croatia). Representatives of the Moldovan and Azeri pilot courts and other justice sector stakeholders visited the ministries of justice, judicial self-governing bodies and training institutions, supreme courts, appellate and first instance courts of the host countries. The participants became familiar with the organisation of the judicial systems, the authorities involved in judicial administration, the specifics of judicial training, etc. The visits mainly focused on recent legislative, institutional and organisational reforms introduced in the countries visited for the purpose of improving the efficiency and quality of justice as a public service. The study visits were carried under the Projects entitled "Support to Increased Efficiency of Courts, Improved Training of Judges and Judicial Self-governance in Azerbaijan" and "Strengthening the efficiency of justice and support to lawyer’s profession in the Republic of Moldova", which are part of the CoE/EU Eastern Partnership Programmatic Cooperation Framework 2015-2017, financed by the European Union and implemented by the Council of Europe.
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Working Group meeting on conducting satisfaction surveys in the CEPEJ pilot courts of the Republic of Moldova

Together with the participation of six CEPEJ pilot courts, the High Judicial Council, the Ministry of Justice, the National Institute of Justice and the National Bureau of Statistics of the Republic of Moldova, the working group discussed in detail and then adapted and approved the questionnaires and the methodology for conducting satisfaction surveys among court users, lawyers and court staff, at the meeting of 18-19 May 2016. Each type of survey will be carried out in the pilot courts in order to test the methodology and for the further dissemination of satisfaction surveys as a good practice in all Moldovan courts. Mr Luigi Cipollini, a CEPEJ expert and a statistician from the Department of Statistics and Organizational Analysis of the Ministry of Justice of Italy, presented, on the basis of Italian courts’ experience, the challenges of conducting satisfaction surveys at court level, and also provided advice on how to overcome such challenges. The meeting was organised under the Project entitled "Strengthening the efficiency of justice and support to lawyer’s profession in the Republic of Moldova", which is part of the CoE/EU Eastern Partnership Programmatic Cooperation Framework 2015-2017, financed by the European Union and implemented by the Council of Europe.

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Interview of the chairmen of two courts in the Republic of Azerbaijan about their co-operation with the CEPEJ

Mr Aladdin Jafarov, Chairman of the Baku City Yasamal District Court, and Mr Mubariz Akbarov, Chairman of the Sheki Appeal Court, have agreed to share their views about the work carried out by the CEPEJ in Azerbaijan since July 2015. They have pointed in particular to the involvement of the pilot courts and of the CEPEJ team in implementing the tools developed by the CEPEJ. These tools aim to reduce judicial timeframes and improve the quality of services provided by the courts. The activities are being carried out in the framework of the Project entitled “Support to Increased Efficiency of Courts, Improved Training of Judges and Judicial Self-governance in Azerbaijan”, which is part of the Council of Europe and European Union Eastern Partnership Programmatic Co-operation Framework 2015-2017.
Mr Mubariz AKBAROV - Chairman - Sheki Court of Appeal
Mr Aladdin JAFAROV - Chairman - Baku City Yasamal District Court


The Mediation screens – a new tool for Turkish courts 

Mediation Centres, which have been initially established in 6 pilot jurisdictions (Ankara, Istanbul, Izmir, Bursa, Kayseri, Mersin) have been using the UYAP (National Judicial Network System) mediation screens, since 30 May 2016. UYAP is a network that connects courts, mediators and mediation centres under a unified mediation portal, and it hosts “Mediation Information Forms” developed in cooperation with the CEPEJ Experts. Litigants are provided with these mediation forms through its interface, directly by judges in the pilot courts. In addition to the introduction of an alternative dispute resolution scheme, this system also aims at enabling the Turkish Ministry of Justice to collect data on the use of UYAP and on mediated cases, before this pilot system can be applied nation-wide. This system is being implemented under the framework of the cooperation programme entitled “Developing Mediation Practices in Civil Disputes in Turkey” between the Republic of Turkey and the CEPEJ, which is funded by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) and Turkey.
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Training in Morocco on court management and on the implementation of the CEPEJ tools

On 25 and 26 May 2016, the CEPEJ experts travelled to Rabat (Morocco) for a two-day training on the implementation of the CEPEJ tools in the field of quality of justice, judicial experts, courts’ organisation and accessibility, court management, and the draft code on judicial organisation. A working plan comprising the CEPEJ, the Higher Institute of Magistrates and the Ministry of Justice and Freedom is being set up. The training session has been organised within the framework of the Programme to support the justice sector reform - Improving the functioning of the justice system in Morocco, using the tools of the CEPEJ. The programme is financed by the European Union and the Council of Europe and implemented by the Council of Europe.
Programme of the training session of 25 May 2016
Programme of the training session of 26 May 2016


Presentation of the CEPEJ experts’ recommendations implemented in Karlovac and Varazdin pilot courts to the courts of Osijek area (Croatia)

On 24 and 25 May a team of CEPEJ experts travelled to Osijek (Croatia), to present the recommendations implemented in Karlovac and Varazdin pilot courts to the courts of Osijek area. These recommendations, which have been compiled in a handbook, include judicial timeframes management, mediation, judicial experts and the introduction of satisfaction surveys. The recommendations have already been presented to the Croatian municipal courts during two similar workshops. This activity has been organised in the framework of the Co-operation programme between Croatia and CEPEJ, funded by the EEA Fund / Norway Grants and entitled “Improving the quality and efficiency of the judicial system through infrastructure development and better management".
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