Strasbourg, 12 September 2013 CCJE(2013)3
CONSULTATIVE COUNCIL OF EUROPEAN JUDGES
2014-2015 Draft Terms of Reference of the CCJE
Extract from Doc. CM(2013)131Add
Consultative Council of European Judges (CCJE)
Set up by the Committee of Ministers under Article 17 of the Statute of the Council of Europe and in accordance with Resolution CM/Res(2011)24 on intergovernmental committees and subordinate bodies, their terms of reference and working methods.
Type of committee: Ad hoc Committee
Terms of reference valid from: 1 January 2014 until 31 December 2015
The CCJE is a consultative body concerning independence, impartiality and competence of judges and the first and only body in an international organisation composed exclusively of judges.
Having regard to Recommendation Rec(2010)12 on judges: independence, efficiency and responsibilities, the CCJE shall:
(i) prepare and adopt, in 2014 and 2015 respectively, at least two opinions for the attention of the Committee of Ministers on issues regarding the status of judges and the exercise of their functions:
Pillar: Rule of law
The status, role and function of judges are protected and strengthened in the member States according to European standards:
(i) at least two Opinions for the attention of the Committee of Ministers on issues regarding the status of judges and the exercise of their functions are adopted by the end of 2015, based on the analysis of the current situation and discussions in member States.
The Council of Europe budget will bear the travel and subsistence expenses of one judge from each member State (two in the case of the State whose representative has been elected Chair).
Each member of the committee shall have one vote. Where a government designates more than one member, only one of them is entitled to take part in the voting.
- European Court of Human Rights;
The following may send a representative without the right to vote and without defrayal of expenses:
- European Union;
- European Association of Judges (EAJ);
Additional working methods:
(i) 2 meetings of limited members of the CCJE (max. 9 members) per year, to prepare the draft Opinion;
The Committee will also appoint a Gender Equality Rapporteur from amongst its members.
The rules of procedure of the Committee are governed by Resolution CM/Res(2011)24 on intergovernmental committees and subordinate bodies, their terms of reference and working methods.