Consultative Council of European Judges
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.