The "Crystal Scales of Justice" competition, first launched in 2005, is organised annually by the Council of Europe and the European Commission to highlight innovative and efficient pratices used in European Courts for court organisation of for the conduct of judicial proceedings (for example, initiatives devised by a court president, a registry, a Bar) and deserving to be drawn to the attention of policy-makers and the judicial community so as to improve the functioning of the public justice system.
The prize is awarded by a jury of European legal professionals and the award ceremony takes palce within the framework of the European Day of Civil Justice.
European Day of civil justice
25 October: The European Day of Civil Justice is an event to enable European citizens to be better informed about their rights and about the way civil justice is functioning. It is celebrated during the last week of October each year in all European States which choose to do so. (more...)