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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.


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Report from the CCJE and the CCPE on the main challenges for judicial impartiality and independence in Council of Europe member States

The Bureaus of the Consultative Council of European Judges (CCJE) and the Consultative Council of European Prosecutors (CCPE) have jointly submitted to the Secretary General of the Council of Europe a report on the “Challenges for judicial independence and impartiality in the member states of the Council of Europe”. This report follows the Secretary General’s 2015 report: ”State of Democracy, Human Rights and the Rule of Law in Europe – a shared responsibility for democratic security in Europe“, where the CCJE and CCPE were requested to “urgently draft a comprehensive review of the main challenges for judicial impartiality and independence in member states”. This report is published together with a document compiling the comments on this report, forwarded to the Secretariat by the member states of the Council of Europe.
Report from the CCJE and the CCPE on the main challenges for judicial impartiality and independence in Council of Europe member States

Comments from the member States on the report


Jean-Claude Wiwinius, incoming President of the High Court of Luxembourg and President of the Constitutional Court

Mr Jean-Claude Wiwinius, member of the CCJE in respect of Luxembourg and member of the CCJE’s Bureau, has recently been elected by his peers as President of the High Court of Luxembourg, and will then become at the same time President of the Constitutional Court. He should take his duties in August 2016.


 Meeting of the CCJE Working group

The meeting of the CCJE Working group entrusted with the preparation of Opinion No. 19 on the role of Court Presidents took place on 30 March and 1st April 2016. The group examined the draft Opinion which has been drawn up on the basis of the replies to the questionnaire previously sent to member States. The Opinion should be adopted at th 17th plenary meeting, from 8 to 10 November 2016.
Agenda


Translation of the opinions of the CCJE into Ukrainian

All CCJE Opinions have been translated into Ukrainian in the framework of the project "Support to the implementation of the judicial reform in Ukraine."
Consolidated version of all of CCJE opinions in Ukrainian


Roundtable in “the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia” on domestic experience and the CCJE’s Opinion No.17 on the evaluation of judges’ work, the quality of justice and respect for judicial independence

On 16 February 2016, a roundtable was held at the Academy for judges and public prosecutors, organised by the Judicial Council of “the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia” and the Academy. The roundtable was dedicated to domestic experience aimed at implementing the CCJE’s Opinion N° 17 on the evaluation of judges’ work, quality of justice and respect for judicial independence, and international practices for evaluation of the work of judges and presidents of the courts. The roundtable was attended by the presidents of courts from all instances in the country, members of the Judicial Council and judges.
Summary


Publication in Croatia of a collection of texts on “The position of the judiciary and its relation with the other powers of state in a modern democracy”

The Association of Croatian Judges and the Croatian Judicial Academy have jointly prepared a publication setting the context of Opinion No. 18 of the CCJE on “the position of the judiciary and its relation with the other powers of state in a modern democracy”, and the “Brioni Declaration”, common declaration of the Presidents of Supreme courts of Central and Eastern Europe. This publication has been distributed to each member of the Croatian Parliament and the Government. The publication is available in Croatian and in English.
Publication


Interview of the new President of the CCJE

Mr Niels Engstad (Norway) has been elected new President of the CCJE as from 1st January 2016. Mr Engstad has accepted to reply to some questions in order to present the priorities of the CCJE for 2016 and 2017.


Interview

 


Nils Engstad (Norway), new President of the CCJE

The Consultative Council of European Judges, which met on 14-16 October in London in the framework of the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta, elected its new Bureau:
Mr Nils Engstad (Norway), President
Mr Duro Sessa (Croatia), Vice-President
Ms Nina Betetto (Slovenia), member
Mr Jean-Claude Wiwinius (Luxembourg), member.


800th anniversary of the Magna Carta and 16th plenary meeting of the CCJE

In the context of the celebrations of the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta, the judicial authorities of the United Kingdom have invited the CCJE to hold its 16th plenary meeting in London, from 14 to 16 October 2015. During the meeting, the CCJE members adopted the Opinion No. 18 on “The position of the judiciary and its relations with other powers of the state in a modern democracy”. The report on the “Situation of the judiciary and of judges in the Member States of the Council of Europe” has also been updated. Furthermore, the CCJE had a joint meeting with the Consultative Council of European Prosecutors (CCPE) of the Task force commissioned by the two bodies to draw up a list of the main challenges for the impartiality and the independence of the judicial system in the Member States, in accordance with the mission which has been entrusted to them by the Secretary General of the Council of Europe in his report on the “State of Democracy, Human Rights and the Rule of Law in Europe”.
Report of the plenary meeting

Opinion n°18 (2015) on the position of the judiciary and its relation with the other powers of state in a modern democracy

CCJE Situation report on the judiciary and judges in the Council of Europe member States
Updated version n° 2 (2015) adopted during the 16th plenary meeting of the CCJE (London, 14-16 October 2015)
with its Annex

Brief report on the external activities of the CCJE – participation in various fora, conferences, seminars, workshops and projects, as well as responses to requests for assistance for the period of November 2014 – October 2015

Speech by Lord Neuberger, President of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom


 

 
 
 
 
 
 

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Other events


Day for judges of the "Association suisse des magistrats de l'ordre judiciaire"
18 November 2016
Luzern (Switzerland)
General Congress of the U.A.E. "the challenges confronting European lawyers in the XXIst century
Alba Iulia (Romania), 24-26 June 2016
High-Level Conference of Ministers of Justice and representatives of the Judiciary Sofia, Bulgaria,
21-22 April 2016

4th meeting of the Drafting Committee on Prison Overcrowding

Strasbourg, France

21-22 April 2016

Roundtable for domestic experiences promoting the CCJE Opinion, No.17 and international practices for evaluating the work of judges and presidents of the courts
Skopje, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia
16 February 2016

 


The conferences


Conference on the dialog between judges, lawyers ad prosecutors with regard to Opinions No. 12 and 16 of the CCJE as well as on ethical and deontological issues
23 September 2015

Bucharest (Romania)

 

 



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