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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... (24/07/2014)


External activities of the CCJE

The Bureau of the CCJE publishes a report on its external activities – participation in various fora, conferences, seminars, workshops and projects, as well as requests for assistance for the period of October 2013 – October 2014.
Report on the external activities of the CCJE from October 2013 to October 2014

Replies to the requests for assistance

Press releases and CCJE participation to external activities


Extraordinary Conference in Romania in the framewrk of adoption of Opinion No. 16 on the relation between judges and lawyers and the concrete ways to improve effiency and quality of judicial proceedings

The CCJE member, Judge Aida Popa (Romanie), organised in Romania, on 5 June 2014, an extraordinary Conference in Romania in the framework of the adoption of Opinion No. 16 on relations between judges and lawyers and the concrete ways to improve the efficiecy and quality of judicial proceedings

Complete news (in French)

Presentation from Judge Aida Popa (Romania)


27th CCJE working group meeting

The CCJE working group meeting, entrusted with the drafting of Opinion No 17 on justice, evaluation and independence will hold its 27th meeting in Berlin (Germanyà, from 24 to 26 June 2014 in the premises of the Germany Ministry of justice. The working group members will examine the draft structure of Opinion No. 17 which will recall the basic requirements: the rule of law in a democracy; independence of decision making; quality of the decisions and the institution making them; efficiency in making decisions. Opinion No. 17 should be published at the next plenary meeting of the CCJE to be held in Strasbourg, from 22 to 24 October 2014.
Agenda


Conference: “Strengthening the Capacity of Parliamentarians, Judges and Prosecutors to Prevent Corruption in Their Own Ranks”

Mr Gerhard Reissner (Austria) and Duro Sessa (Croatia), members of the CCJE, will participate in the Conference organised by the Council of Europe’s Group of States against Corruption (GRECO) in Vienna (Austra), on 10 and 11 April 2014.
Agenda


Meeting of the CCJE working group in Strasbourg, from 17 to 19 March 2014

The CCJE working group in charge of drawing up Opinion No. 17 on justice, evaluation and independence held its meeting in Strasbourg from 17 to 19 March 2014. The group examined the draft structure of Opinion No. 17 which should be published at the next plenary meeting of the CCJE to be held in Strasbourg, from 22 to 24 October 2014.
Meeting report


Exchange of views before the Committee of Ministers with the President of the Consultative Council of European Judges, Mr Gerhard Reissner

The outgoing President of the CCJE, Mr Gerhard Reissner participated an exchange of view with the Committee of Ministers on 12 March 2014 during which he recalled the necessity to ensure application of Opinion No. 16 of the CCJE on the relations between Judges and lawyers in the Organisation’s member States. Furthermore, the President presented the updated version of the report on the situation of judicial power and judges in the Council of Europe member States.
Agenda of the meeting of the Committee of Ministers


 

Adoption of Opinion No. 16 on the relations between judges and Lawyers

The CCJE plenary meeting took place in Strasbourg from 13 to 15 November 2013. On this occasion, Opinion No. 16 on the relations between judges and lawyers has been adopted. The draft opinion is the fruit of a survey led by the member States on the relations between judges and lawyers, of the work of the working group with the support of a scientific expert Nathalie Fricero and reflections led in the framework of the Conference organised by the CCJE in June 2013 in co-operation with the Italian Supreme Council of Magistracy and the National Bar Council of Italy. The main objective of the Opinion is to establish the framework of a constructive co-operation respecting the Rule of Law, the autonomy of the Bar Council and the principal values defended by the Organisation. The good collaboration between judges and lawyers is essential for the effective functioning of justice.

Opinion No. 16 on the relations between judges and lawyers

Report of the plenary meeting

CCJE Situation report on the judiciary and judges in the Council of Europe member States - Updated version n° 1 (2013) adopted during the 14th plenary meeting of the CCJE (Strasbourg, 13-15 November 2013) and replies from member States to this report

Report on the activities of the CCJE prepared by the Bureau of the CCJE


International Symposium on “Training of the Members of the Judiciary for Efficient and Effective Judiciary”

The recent Symposium, organised by the High Council of Judges and Prosecutors on “Training of the Members of the Judiciary for Efficient and Effective Judiciary”, in which Gerhard Reissner participated from 23 to 25 October 2013 in Antalya (Turkey), ended with the adoption of a Declaration on training for legal practitioners. This declaration fixes the role of the national training institutes, and calls for legal practitioners to give effective and adapted contributions in order to implement the training tools.
Declaration on training for legal practitioners


The Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe (CCBE) obtains observer status to the CCJE

The Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe (CCBE) has officially become, on 1 October 2013, an observer to the CCJE. The CCBE represents the bars and law societies of 32 member countries and 11 associate and observer countries, and through them more than 1 million European lawyers. The CCBE was founded in 1960, and up to now, it has been working for advancing the views of European lawyers and defending the legal principles upon which democracy and the rule of law are based. The CCBE is an international non-profit-making association incorporated in Belgium.
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Tribute to the Swiss federal Judge, Bernard Corboz

The CCJE wishes to pay tribute to the Swiss Federal Judge, Mr Bernard Corbos, who has recently passed away. Mr Bernard Corboz was a brillant and appreciated person. He was deeply committed in the CCJE’s work since 2011. The CCJE, who has lost a highly estimated member, is associated to his family’s pain.


Round table on efficient task management and acceleration of procedures

In the framework of the Joint Programme between the European Union and the Council of Europe entitled "Strengthening democratic reform in the southern Neighbourhood", the CEPEJ organed a round table on “Efficient task management at the Court of Cassation and acceleration of the flow of procedures” in Geneva (Switzerland) on 4 July 2013. Mr Paul Maffei (Belgium), member of the CCJE made a presentation on the theme “The management of appeals on points of law”. The round table is expected to result in the drawing up of an action plan for the Tunisian Court of Cassation in this field.
Programme [fr]


Participation of the CCJE and CCPE in the course for Italian magistrates on "The European Statute for judges and prosecutors"

On 1 January 2013, the newly established School for the Judiciary started to operate in Italy. This allowed the country to comply with the Opinions No. 4 and 10 of the CCJE which recommended such an institution. The School is competent for both initial and in-service training of judges and prosecutors. Among the 76 courses offered by the School on a yearly basis, the course of 23 and 24 May 2013 which took place in Florence (Italy), devoted to the topic "The European Statute for judges and prosecutors" focusing on the Council of Europe instruments defining such statute, and on the activities of the CCJE and the CCPE. Judges and prosecutors from Italy, Spain and Bulgaria participated. Among speakers, there were Raffaele Sabato, former President of the CCJE, Antonio Mura, President of the CCPE, Roberto Chenal from the Secretariat of the Council of Europe, Nina Betetto, Vice-President of the Supreme Court of Slovenia and member of the Bureau of the CCJE, Olivier de Baynast de Septfontaines, Prosecutor General at the Court of Appeal of Douai (France) and former President of the CCPE. The past President and the Prosecutor General of the Italian Court of Cassation were also present.

Programme of the training course


Symposium: The independence of justice in Tunisia before the adoption of the new Constitution

In the framework of the joint programme between the European Union and the Council of Europe "Strengthening democratic reform in the Southern Neighbourhood", Ms Nina Betetto, Judge, Vice-President of the Supreme Court of Slovenia and CCJE member, has been invited to make an intervention on the subject "the guaranties of independance for judges", on 13 & 14 March 2013 in Tunis.
Programme [fr]


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2014-2015 Terms of reference

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The press

Website Spectator - Slovak press : "Council of Europe concerned over new judicial law" [en]

9 July 2014


Other events


Workshop for trainee judges at the Dutch Judicial Training Centre SSR on international standards on the independence of judges, with the participation of Bart van Lierop, President of the CCJE
Netherlands, 2 July 2014
Joint meeting of the CCJE Working Group and the Commission of the German Federation and Länder for the Analysis of Judicial Autonomy in Europe (Judicial System Commission)
Berlin, 23 June 2014

Complete list of events

 


The conferences


Conference on Independence, efficiency and responsibility of Romanian judges within the European judicial area: "The role of Consultative Council of European judges in ensuring the strengthening of judicial power in a democratic society" in Bucarest (Romania), from 11 to 13 September 2014

Conference: “Strengthening the Capacity of Parliamentarians, Judges and Prosecutors to Prevent Corruption in Their Own Ranks", in Vienna (Austria), on 10 and 11 April 2014

Conference on integrity of the judiciary in Sofia, organised by the Council of Europe and the Bulgarian Council for the judiciary in Sofia on 1 and 2 April 2014

- Speech of Mr Bart van Lierop, President of the CCJE

 

 



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