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Consultative Council of European Judges (CCJE)

The rule of law is one of the main values upheld by the Council of Europe and the judiciary is its cornerstone. It was to strengthen the role of judges in Europe that the Committee of Ministers set up the Consultative Council of European Judges.

The Consultative Council of European Judges is an advisory body of the Council of Europe on issues related to the independence, impartiality and competence of judges. It is the first body within an international organisation to be composed exclusively of judges, and in this respect, it is unique in Europe.

By establishing the Consultative Council of European Judges, the Council of Europe highlighted the key role of the judiciary in exploring the concept of democracy and the rules by which it operates.

The CCJE adopts Opinions for the attention of the Committee of Ministers on issues regarding the status of judges and the exercise of their functions.

The CCJE may be requested by member States to look into specific problems concerning the status and/or the situation of judges. It addresses topical issues and, if necessary, visits the countries concerned to discuss the ways of improving the existing situation through developing legislation, institutional framework and/or judicial practice.


News... (21/09/2017)


Why do people march the streets when judicial independence is under attack by politicians?

"Because they know that this is also an attack on the rule of law, human rights and fundamental freedoms. Indeed, they are at risk when judges come under political pressure." Nils Engstad, President of the CCJE, gave an introduction at the OSCE Human Dimension Implementation Meeting in Warsaw, 19 September 2017.
Link to the introduction presented by Mr Engstad, President of the CCJE


The CCJE Bureau has adopted on 17 July 2017 a Statement concerning the legislation on the Polish National Council of the Judiciary

 Statement of the Bureau of the CCJE concerning the legislation on the Polish National Council of the Judiciary

Letter from the European Commission


Meeting of the CCJE working group in charge of drawing up Opinion No. 20 on "the role of courts with respect to uniform application of the law"

The meeting of the CCJE Working group in charge of drawing up Opinion took place in Rome (Italy) from 7 to 9 June 2017. The first meeting of the Working group took place in Paris from 8 to 10 March 2017, in view to examine the draft structure of the Opinion.

 

Agenda of the Working group meeting

Agenda of the Bureau meeting


The CCJE Bureau has adopted on 7 April 2017 an Opinion concerning the draft legislation on the Polish National Council of the Judiciary

Opinion of the Bureau of the CCJE concerning the draft legislation on the Polish National Council of the Judiciary


Meeting of the CCJE working group in charge of drawing up Opinion No. 20 on "the role of courts with respect to uniform application of the law"

The CCJE Working group in charge of drawing up Opinion No. 20 on the role of courts with respect to uniform application of the law will meet in Rome (Italy) from 7 to 9 June 2017. The first meeting of the Working group took place in Paris from 8 to 10 March 2017, in view to examine the draft structure of the Opinion.


 

The role of court presidents

 

Strasbourg, 10 November 2016 - The Council of Europe’s Consultative Council of European Judges (CCJE) adopted its Opinion No. 19 (2016) on the role of court presidents.

In this Opinion, the CCJE clarifies the role of court presidents concerning the representation of the court, relations within the court with other judges, and presidents’ management functions as regards court staff and infrastructure. The key tasks of court presidents are to represent the court and other judges, to ensure the effective functioning of the court, improving the service the court renders to society, and to preside over the judicial work of the court.

The Opinion emphasises that, in the performance of their duties, court presidents protect the independence and impartiality of courts and of individual judges, and they should act at every moment as a guardian of these values and principles. Relations between court presidents and other state bodies are particularly sensitive. Irrespective of the particular model of such relations, court presidents play an important role in the prevention of any interference in courts’ activities.

As regards relations with the media, court presidents should keep in mind the interest of society in being informed, while taking due account of the presumption of innocence, the right to a fair trial and the right to respect for private and family life of all persons concerned in the proceedings, as well as of the protection of the confidentiality of proceedings.

The Opinion also sets out the principles relating to the qualifications required to become a court president, the body responsible for his/her selection, the evaluation of his/her work and the term of office. A chapter of the Opinion is specifically dedicated to the role of presidents of Supreme Courts.

Opinion No. 19 on the role of court presidents


At its last plenary meeting, the CCJE adopted the following statement regarding the situation of justice in Turkey

Link to the statement


Following the request of the Polish Judges’ Association “IUSTITIA” on behalf of the Polish associations of judges, the CCJE Bureau has elaborated its comments on the appointment of judges in Poland

Comments by the CCJE Bureau


 

 
 
 
 
 
 

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Other events


Regional Preparatory Meeting for the Launch of the Global Judicial Integrity Network
Vienna (Austria)
24-25 August 2017
2017 European Network of Councils for the Judiciary (ENCJ) General Assembly
Paris (France)
7 to 9 June 2017

Debate on the standardisation of law
Bucharest (Romania)
27 February 2017

The conferences


Conference on harmonisation of case-law

29 September 2017 Athens (Greece)

Human Dimension Implementation Meetings - annual human rights conference

- Introduction presented by Mr Engstad, President of the CCJE

19 September 2017

Warsaw (Poland)

International Conference: "Binding Effect of the Judicial Decisions"
19 to 21 June 2017
Brno, Czech Republic

 



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