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Implementation of CEPEJ tools in the pilot courts of the Republic of Moldova - launching of the court coaching programme

In the framework of the Project entitled “Strengthening the efficiency of justice and support to the lawyers’ profession in the Republic of Moldova”, funded by the European Union and implemented by the Council of Europe, a team of CEPEJ experts will undertake its second mission to Chisinau from 1 to 4 September 2015. From 1 to 3 September, the experts will visit the pilot courts (Soroca Sector Court, Cahul Appellate Court, Ialoveni Sector court), in particular to discuss the courts’ needs in terms of statistics in the framework of the coaching programmes. On 4 September 2015, the court coaching programme on the implementation of CEPEJ tools in the pilot courts of the Republic of Moldova will be officially launched.
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Call for comments – Developments in the member States of practices in terms of judicial time management

The comments and implementation examples contained in the CEPEJ SATURN guidelines for judicial time management evolving in parallel with court practices in the Council of Europe member States, the CEPEJ Secretariat renews its call for comments by its members and representatives of pilot courts. The comments, additions or modifications can be done at any moment by contacting the Secretariat:
Guidelines of the CEPEJ SATURN Centre for judicial time management – comments and implementation examples

10th plenary meeting of the Network of CEPEJ pilot courts

The Network of CEPEJ pilot courts will hold its 10th plenary meeting in Strasbourg on 23 September 2015. The members of the Network will discuss the implementation of the Strategic plan for the SATURN Centre, the review of the definitions used in the CEPEJ tools for judicial cases management and the updating of the Study on Council of Europe Member States on Appeal and Supreme Courts' Lengths of Proceedings. The implementation guide for European timeframes for judicial proceedings will also be presented on this occasion. The meeting will be closed by a workshop aimed at knowing the existing practices and expectations of professionals concerning the virtual office of the judge. The members of the CEPEJ SATURN Centre for judicial time management will also participate in the meeting.
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25th plenary meeting of the CEPEJ

The 25th plenary meeting of the CEPEJ took place in Strasbourg on 2 and 3 July 2015. The discussions concerned in particular the launch of the new 2014-2016 evaluation cycle of judicial systems and the specific questionnaire concerning new technologies. The discussions also concerned the opportunities to promote cyber-justice to improve the quality of court work and the draft compilation of definitions contained in the CEPEJ tools. Furthermore, the CEPEJ members took stock of the progress of the co-operation and capacity-building programmes.
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Stéphanie Mourou-Vikström elected Judge at the European Court of Human Rights in respect of Monaco

On 23 June 2015, Ms Stéphanie Mourou-Vikström, the current CEPEJ member in respect of Monaco until now, was elected as a Judge in respect of Monaco at the European Court of Human Rights by the Parliamentary Assembly for a nine year mandate. The CEPEJ thanks Ms Stéphanie Mourou-Vikström for her commitment and expresses its warmest congratulations to her upon her appointment.

Court Coaching Programme continues in the Albanian Courts 

Within the framework of the Joint Project entitled “Support to the Efficiency of Justice” (SEJ) financed by the European Union and implemented by the Council of Europe, the activities of the Court Coaching programme are being pursued in Albania, focusing on the analysis of the daily work of the courts and the assessment of the degree of implementation of the SATURN Guidelines on judicial time-management in all Albanian courts. Between 18-22 May and 15-19 June 2015, the experts carried out a series of visits to 12 additional courts. This was aimed at shaing the results of the earlier discussions with these courts’ chairmen and head clerks. At a subsequent stage, the experts will focus in particular on the issue of length of proceedings in such courts. The presence of the international experts was also an opportunity to discuss the progress with the judicial and executive authorities of Albania.
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Improving Mediation Practices: Turkish Judges and Mediators trained on judicial referral to mediation

A practical training for civil court judges in Turkey took place in Ankara on 15-16 June 2015 in the framework of the project entitled "Developing Mediation Practices in Civil Disputes in Turkey”. CEPEJ experts led “mock-mediation sessions”. Selected judges and mediators from Izmir and Istanbul (Çaglayan Courthouse) pilot courts also presented the judicial referral process to mediation in civil disputes through other moot-court sessions. This was the first practical training organised to define the basic principles of judicial referral, develop targeted skills, and implement relevant mediation legislation, in line with CEPEJ mediation guidelines.

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Court coaching programme in Thessaloniki

The CEPEJ has carried out a court coaching programme of the Administrative first instance course of Thessaloniki (Greece) on 18 June 2015. The programme was dealing with the tools developed by the CEPEJ SATURN Centre for judicial time management.


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