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Consultative Council of European Prosecutors (CCPE)

www.coe.int/ccpeRecognising the essential role of the public prosecutor in the criminal justice system of a State governed by the Rule of Law, the Committee of Ministers decided in July 2005 to institutionalise the yearly Conference of Prosecutors General of Europe (CPCE) through the creation of the Consultative Council of European Prosecutors (CCPE).

This consultative body to the Committee of Ministers composed of high level prosecutors of all member States has in particular the task to prepare opinions for the Committee of Ministers on issues related to the prosecution service, to promote the implementation of Recommendation Rec(2000)19, and to collect information about the functioning of prosecution services in Europe.
 

News... (27/05/2016)


Meeting of the CCPE Working group

 

The meeting of the CCPE Working group entrusted with the preparation of Draft Opinion No. 11 on the quality and efficiency of the work of prosecutors, including as regards the fight against organised crime and terrorism took place in Paris on 26 and 27 May 2016. The Bureau meeting took place in the morning of 26 May 2016.

Agenda of the Bureau meeting
Agenda of the Working group meeting

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 Generals 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

Meeting of the CCPE Working group

The meeting of the CCPE Working group entrusted with the preparation of Draft Opinion No. 11 on the quality and efficiency of the work of prosecutors, including as regards the fight against organised crime and terrorism took place in Strasbourg on 3 and 4 March 2016.
Agenda
 

The 70th anniversary of the Nuremberg Tribunal

At its tenth plenary meeting held in Strasbourg on 19-20 November 2015, the Consultative Council of European Prosecutors (CCPE) commemorated the 70th anniversary of the establishment of the Nuremberg Tribunal which held its first hearing on 20 November 1945.
This trial was the first in the world held by an international court in which reference was made to crimes such as conspiracy, crimes against peace, war crimes and crimes against humanity.
The Nuremberg Tribunal has therefore initiated in fact an international jurisdiction which was then embodied in two judicial instances created by the UN Security Council:
- the International Criminal Tribunal in the Hague to try war crimes committed in the former Yugoslavia, created in 1993;
- the International Criminal Tribunal in Arusha to try the instigators of the Rwandan genocide, created in 1995.
Since then, the International Criminal Court (ICC) was established on 1 July 2002 to try all war crimes and crimes against humanity wherever they were committed.
It is worth remembering that this initiative paved the way for a true international court to try for the most serious crimes and to prevent impunity.

The Consultative Council of European Prosecutors (CCPE) adopts an Opinion on the role of prosecutors in criminal investigations

The Consultative Council of European Prosecutors (CCPE) of the Council of Europe has adopted its Opinion No. 10(2015) on the role of prosecutors in criminal investigations, during its plenary meeting held in Strasbourg on 19 and 20 November 2015.
The actions of prosecutors and investigation services are governed by the Constitution and/or by national laws and internal regulatory instruments while also being subject to the principles and fundamental values protected by the European Convention on Human Rights. With this new Opinion, the CCPE makes available to the European and national competent bodies a text that should be used to help improve the efficiency of the investigations while respecting the rights of the persons concerned. It identifies and promotes good professional practices between prosecutors and investigators. The CCPE invites the prosecution services, the representatives of the judicial bodies, as well as all other professionals concerned, together with journalists, to acquaint themselves with this Opinion and to contribute to its dissemination.

Opinion No. 10 on the role of prosecutors in criminal investigations

The Consultative Council of European Prosecutors (CCPE) publishes a Declaration on the fight against terrorism


CCPE Declaration on the fight against terrorism

Plenary meeting of the CCPE

The 10th plenary meeting of the CCPE plenary took place in Strasbourg on 19 and 20 November 2015. On this occasion, the Council adopted its opinion No. 10 on the role of prosecutors in criminal investigations. The CCPE also reelected its President, Mr Cdric Visart de Bocarme (Belgium) and its Vice-President, Ms Alessandra GIRALDI (Denmark). Furthermore, on the preceding day there has been a meeting of the Task Force of the members of CCPE and CCJE, which are entrusted by the Secretary General to draft a comprehensive review of the main challenges for judicial impartiality and independence in member states. The CCPE members also participated to the World Forum on Democracy during the morning of 19 November 2015. The final version of Opinion No. 10 will be published soon.
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European Court of Human Rights


Case Moulin v. France
(Application No. 37104/06, Judgement of 23/11/2010 - in French)
The decision, which was long awaited, is historic and may have important consequences on the architecture of the French justice system: in France, prosecutors, being independent neither of the executive nor of the parties to the proceedings, are not judicial authorities.


  The press


Prosecutors and Judges are claiming for the independence of the public prosecutor's office (Le Monde, 20/11/2009) (in French)


  The conferences


21st Annual Conference & General Meeting of the International Association of Prosecutors (IAP) :

"The Prosecutor and the Investigator"

Dublin, Ireland

11-15 September 2016

"Les journes de l'Europe"

Tunis, Tunisia

24-26 May 2016

High-Level Conference of Ministers of Justice and representatives of the Judiciary Sofia (Bulgaria) 21-22 April 2016

 

 



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