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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... (18/03/2015)


The CCJE working group will meet in Strasbourg from 18 to 20 March 2015

The working group of the CCJE entrusted with the drawing up of Opinion No. 18 on the independence of the judiciary and its relations with the other powers in a modern democratic state will hold its 28th meeting in Strasbourg from 18 to 20 March 2015.  The meeting will include a Seminar on the independence of the judiciary
and its relations with the other powers in a modern democratic state on 19 March 2015 in the morning.
Draft agenda

Programme of the Seminar


Roundtable on individual evaluation of judges, Tirana, Albania

On 30 January 2015, a round table to present the report on the Individual Evaluation of Judges in Albania will be organised in the framework of the joint project “Support to the Efficiency of Justice – SEJ”, funded by the European Union and implemented by the Council of Europe. The Report is a result of the comprehensive desk research, interviews and discussions with the Albanian judges, national authorities and international organisations. It provides an analysis of the current system in Albania in the light of international standards and evaluation systems assessed in other Council of Europe member States and makes recommendations on how to improve the system in line with the CCJE Opinion No. 17 on the evaluation of judges’ work, the quality of justice and respect for judicial independence.
More information about the project


Exchange of views between the President of the CCJE, Bart van Lierop and the Minister Deputies

The President of the CCJE, Bart van Lierop had an exchange of views with the Minister Deputies on 14 January. He presented Opinion No. 17 on the evaluation of judges’ work, the quality of justice and respect for judicial independence, which has been welcomed by the Deputies. The Opinion will be trasnmitted to the competent authorities of the member States as well as to the competent entities inside the Council of Europe, to ensure that it is taken into account in their work. In 2015, the work of the CCJE will concern "The independence of the judiciary and its relationships with the other powers in a modern democratic state (2015)".

Speech by Mr Bart van Lierop, President of the CCJE

Agenda of the meeting with the Committee of Ministers on 14 January 2015


Opinion No. 17 of the CCJE presented at the consultation session on “Evaluation of the work of judges and public prosecutors” in “The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia”

On 16 December 2014), the Academy of Judges and Public Prosecutors “Pavel Shatev”, in cooperation with the German Foundation for International Legal cooperation IRZ, organised a conference on the evaluation of the work of judges and public prosecutors, where the contents of Opinion No. 17 of CCJE, which has already been translated into Macedonian, has been presented.
Ms Aneta ARNAUDOVSKA, Judge, Director of the Academy of Judges and Prosecutors of The Former yugoslav Republic of Macedonia


The Consultative Council of European Judges (CCJE) adopts an Opinion on the evaluation of judges

At its 15th plenary meeting on 24 October 2014, the Consultative Council of European Judges has adopted its Opinion No. 17 on the evaluation of judges’ work, the quality of justice and respect for judicial independence. This Opinion responds to the need for policy makers to account to stakeholders and to the public about the functioning of the public service and justice and to guarantee the quality of judicial activity by preserving independence of judges, fundamental principle for a State of law. It is based on an in-depth analysis of European practices and standards in force in the Council of Europe member States, taking into consideration recent evolutions and new needs in this field. The CCJE will transmit this Opinion to the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe.
Opinion No. 17 on the evaluation of judges’ work, the quality of justice and respect for judicial independence


15th CCJE plenary meeting

The CCJE's 15th plenary meeting took place in Strasbourg, from 22 to 24 October 2014. During this meeting, the CCJE adopt its Opinion No. 17 on “The evaluation of judge’s work, the quality of justice and respect for judicial independence”, to the attention of the Committee of Ministers. The final text of the Opinion will be published soon.
Meeting report

Speech of Mr Philippe Boillat, Director General - Human Rights and Rule of Law

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Press release from the Moroccan newspaper l'"Economiste" - 19 February 2015 (in French)


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The conferences


International Conference on finding an ideal model of the National Judicial Council, with the participation of Bart van Lierop, President of the CCJE

13 and 14 May 2015, Brno (Czech Republic)

International conference on Opinion no 17 of the CCJE on the evaluation of judges’ work, the quality of justice and respect for judicial independence – inter-professional dialog bridge in the assessment of judges and prosecutors of the Romanian Judiciary in a democratic society

Bucharest (Romania)

27-28 April 2015

Conference on the evaluation of judges and public prosecutors (Opinion No. 17 of CCJE)

the "Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia"

16 December 2014   

 



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