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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... (30/06/2015)


The Bureau of the Consultative Council of European Judges (CCJE) makes public its position on the suspension and arrest of judges in Turkey

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Justice reform in Albania: reviewing the evaluation of the professional performance of judges

The Council of Ministers of Albania has reviewed and approved the draft law "On the system of evaluation of judges' performance in the Republic of Albania” prepared by the Minister of Justice with the support of the Joint Programme entitled "Increase the efficiency of the Albanian justice system, in line with European standards" (SEJ), financed by the European Union and implemented by the Council of Europe. This draft law will now be discussed in Parliament during the meeting of the Commission on Justice Reform. It aims inter alia to review the process of the evaluation of the professional performance of judges and reflects recommendations in line with CCJE Opinion No. 17 on the evaluation of judges’ work, the quality of justice and respect for judicial independence. The report, drawn up by Dr Anne Sanders (Germany), and entitled: “An analysis of the current system in Albania in the light of international standards and evaluation systems in other Council of Europe member States”, is now available.
An analysis of the current system in Albania in the light of international standards and evaluation systems in other Council of Europe member States, by Dr Anne Sanders [in English / in Albanian]


29th meeting of the CCJE working group entrusted with drafting Opinion No. 18 on the independence of the judiciary and its relationships with the other powers in a modern democratic state

The meeting of the CCJE working group entrusted with the drafting of Opinion No. 18 on the independence of the judiciary and its relationships with the other powers in a modern democratic State (Opinion No. 18) took place in Bergen (Norway) from 3 to 5 June 2015. The meeting of the Bureau of the CCJE took place prior to the working group and examined the situation of the judicial power and judges in the Council of Europe member States (discussion on the recent development and the follow up by the CCJE). A seminar on independence of the judicial system and its relations with other powers in a modern democratic state has also been organised in this framework.
Agenda of the meeting of the Working group
Agenda of the meeting of the Bureau
Programme of the seminar


International conference on Opinion No. 17 of the CCJE on the evaluation of judges’ work, the quality of justice and respect for judicial independence

An International conference on Opinion No. 17 on the evaluation of judges’ work, the quality of justice and respect for judicial independence has been organised at the National Institute of Magistracy in Bucharest (Romania) on 27 and 28 April 2015. This conference represented an inter-professional dialog bridge in the assessment of judges and prosecutors of the Romanian Judiciary in a democratic society. The President of the CCJE, Mr Bart van Lierop was one of the key speakers.     
Programme of the conference

Interview of Bart van Lierop, President of the CCJE [in Romanian] [in English]

Speech of the President of the CSM [in Romanian]

Speech of Judge Aida Popa, member of the CCJE [in Romanian] [in English]

Interview of Judge Aida Popa, member of the CCJE [in Romanian] [in English]

Press review [in Romanian]

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Seminar on independence of the judicial system and its relations with other powers in a modern democratic state 

3 June 2015

Bergen, Norway


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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)

Conference on securing the independence and effectiveness of the judiciary: European initiatives and perspectives

17 June 2015

Geneva (Switzerland)

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)

 



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